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Safety Tips

Outdoor Cooking

  • Make sure the barbecue grill is level, does not rock and not in danger of tipping over.
  • When lighting a grill, consider using an electric starter rather than a flammable liquid.
  • Never add fire starter after you have started your barbecue. The heat from the coals could ignite the stream of liquid and burn back to the can, causing it to explode in your hands.
  • Watch for flare-ups when cooking fatty meats or foods with high oil content.
  • Keep combustible accessories such as mittens or paper plates at a safe distance.
  • After cooking, soak the coals in water. Dispose of charcoal in a metal container such as a metal garbage can or pail.  Do not bring the used coals into the house or garage.
  • Charcoal gives off deadly carbon monoxide fumes and should never be used indoors or brought into the house or garage.
  • Never leave a hot grill unattended.
  • Keep small children away from the barbecue.
  • A bag of damp or wet charcoal should be immediately disposed of in a metal container with a lid, as it can spontaneously combust.
  • Never use your barbeque grill to burn waste or garbage.

Bicycle Safety Tips

  • Always obey traffic signs and signals, and be courteous to other trafficUse proper hand signals when making turns, so other motorists know where you intend to go
  • Never ride against traffic, and always follow the lane markings (example: no left turn, right turn only, etc.)
  • You should never weave in and out, or between, traffic
  • Make eye contact with other motorists to assure that they see you
  • Avoid road hazards such as gravel, debris, sewer grates or pot holes
  • Allow extra stopping distance, and always keep a hand on the brake in case you need to make a sudden stop wear a helmet for safety!!!
  • ALWAYS wear a helmet for safety!

Water / Pool Safety Tips

  • Obey all rules and posted signs, and swim only in supervised areas
  • Never mix swimming with drugs or alcohol, as these items can impair your judgment and coordination
  • Children should always be under adult supervision around any body of water…..NEVER leave a child unattended!!
  • Swimming pools should be enclosed with a fence, and all doors or fences leading to the pool area should be locked when no adult supervision is present
  • Always have lifesaving equipment near the pool (life vests, life ring, rope, etc.)
  • Family members and babysitters should be encouraged to take a CPR class
  • Children and family members should take swimming lessonswear a proper personal flotation device, and NEVER swim alone
  • ALWAYS wear a proper personal flotation device, and NEVER swim alone

Christmas Tree Safety

  • Many artificial trees are fire resistant. If you buy one, look for a statement specifying this protection. 
  • A fresh tree will stay green longer and be less of a fire hazard than a dry tree. To check for freshness, remember:  tree18.gif
  • A fresh tree is green.
  • Fresh needles are hard to pull from branches.
  • When bent between your fingers, fresh needles do not break.
  • The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin.
  • When the trunk of a tree is bounced on the ground, a shower of falling needles shows that tree is too dry.
  • Place tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Heated rooms dry trees out rapidly, creating fire hazards.
  • Cut off an inch or two of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better water absorption. Trim away branches as necessary to set tree trunk in the base of a sturdy, water-holding stand with wide spread feet. Keep the stand filled with water while the tree is indoors.
  • Use only UL approved decorations and lights.
  • Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways. Make sure that the tree is secured against accidental tipping by children or pets.

For more information, contact the Hanover Park Fire Department (630) 823-5800.