Stay Safe This Summer

From Lake Forest Fire Department

Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. The only safe way to view fireworks is to attend a professional show. It is important to know that fireworks are not safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of injuries each year.

Here are a few ideas to get into the patriotic spirit without fireworks:

    • Use glow sticks. They glow in the dark, are a safe alternative to a sparkler, and are fun for all ages.
    • Loud and proud. Noisemakers are sure to make a statement. They can be found at local party supply stores or make your own.
    • Outdoor movie night. Set up a screen and projector. Don’t forget the bug spray!
    • Red, white, and blue silly string is always a good time.
    • Make a patriotic craft with the family.
    • Throw a birthday party for the USA, and don’t forget the cake. 

Grilling Safety

There’s nothing like outdoor grilling. It’s one of the most popular ways to cook food, but a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Follow these simple tips, and you will be on the way to safe grilling. 

    • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
    • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
    • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
    • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in the trays below the grill.
    • Never leave your grill unattended.
    • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

Just for Charcoal Grills:

There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.

    • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
    • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
    • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
    • After grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
Stay Informed!