August Safety Tips: Grilling, Outdoor Burning, and Wildfires

Fire Safety is important all year round, but especially during these dry, hot summer months. It is important to educate community members about weather related risks such as lightning and wildfire, and seasonal risks such as grilling or outdoor burning. The NFPA safety tips factsheets are useful resources for public education; these and more information can be found on the NFPA website: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education

If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away.

  • Do not go under trees for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm.
  • Remove leaves, pine needles, and other flammable material from the roof, gutters, and on and under the deck to help prevent embers from igniting your home.
  • Move construction material, trash, and woodpiles at least 30 feet away from the home and other outbuildings.
  • Closely supervise all outdoor fires. Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving.
  • Avoid burning on windy days. Keep fires away from debris, dry grass, wood piles, and other flammable materials.
  • When burning outside, have a hose, shovel and dirt/sand, or bucket of water nearby to extinguish the fire.
  • Never leave a hot barbeque grill alone. Keep children and pets at least 1m away from a hot barbeque grill.
  • Propane, charcoal, and wood pellet grills must only be used outside. Inside use can create a fire or cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

Store charcoal, lighter fluid, matches, and barbeque lighters out of reach from children.

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