Here are some safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association and the Fairgrove Fire Department.
1. Keep your camp fire at least 25 feet away from building structures.
2. Clear away dry leaves and sticks, shrubs and overhanging low branches.
3. Avoid burning on windy dry days as it could easily spread out of control.
4. Never let children or pets stand or play close to the fire.
5. Attend to the fire at all times. If left alone it could spread to a very damaging
out of control fire.
6.Never use gasoline or other flammable or combustible liquids to start the fire.
7. Always have hose, bucket of water or shovel and dirt or sand to put out the
fire. Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the camp site.
8. If your clothes catch fire, Stop, Drop and Roll, covering your face, rolling back
and forth until the fire is out.
9. Treat a burn right away. Cool the burn with cool water for 3 to 5 minutes. Cover
with a clean, dry cloth. Get medical attention if needed.
If roasting marshmallows, help with young children. Never shake a roasting marshmallow, it can turn into a flying, flaming ball. A heated metal skewer can cause burns.
Campfire accidents send thousands of people to emergency rooms with burn injuries every year.
Fire Chief Douglas Young and the National Fire Protection Association
September is National Preparedness Month.
Everyone should have a plan.
Surviving a house fire depends as much on having a working smoke detector and an exit strategy, as on a well-trained fire department. The same is true for all other emergencies. We must have the tools and plans in place to make it on our own, at least for a period of time, no matter where we are when disaster strikes. Just like having a working smoke detector in your home, having emergency supply kits will put the tools you may need at your fingertips.
Plan to store items in an easy to carry bag, such as a shopping bag, backpack or duffle bag.
Your kit should include the following items;
* Water one gallon per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
* Food at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable food
* Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
* Flashlight and extra batteries
* First Aid Kit
* Whistle to signal for help
* Dust Mask or cotton t shirt to help filter the air
* Moist towelettes for sanitation
* Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
* Can opener for food ( if kit includes canned food)
* Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place
* Infant formula and diapers if you have an infant
* Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Don't forget any personal medications and important papers.
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