Summer safety tips

Summer safety tips
Hotel and Motel Safety
Select accommodations that have
sprinklers and smoke detectors in
guest rooms.
Enjoy the many professional, supervised fireworks displays.
Consider fire safety when checking into
a hotel or motel.
Count the number of doors down the
hall to the nearest fire exit.
Never use elevators in a fire.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, ask
for a Hearing Impaired Kit from the front
desk that has a strobe smoke alarm.
Keep your room key, eyeglasses and a
flashlight on the night table. If a fire
occurs, take them with you and go to
the door.
• If the door feels cool, open it a crack.
Be ready to close the door if hot air,
flames, or smoke rush into the room.
• If this does not occur, but the hall
is smoke-filled, crawl down the hall
counting doors to the nearest exit.
• If you cannot reach the exit, turn
around and count doors back to your
room. Unlock the door and re-enter.
If it is unsafe to leave your room
• Fill the tub with cold water.
The possession and use of all fireworks
by private citizens is illegal in Massachusetts. This includes sparklers, party
poppers, snappers, firecrackers and
cherry bombs, and more.
It is illegal to purchase fireworks in
another state and transport them into
Do not purchase fireworks by mail.
Government cannot prohibit the advertising and sale of fireworks by mail, but
police do confiscate illegal shipments
of fireworks. Many consumers attempting to circumvent the law have lost
both their money and their fireworks.
Burn First Aid
• Stop, Drop and Roll to extinguish a
clothing fire.
• Cool a burn. For minor burns, run
cool water over the burn immediately.
• Seek emergency medical help
immediately for more serious burns.
• Use sunscreen to avoid sunburn.
fety Tips
• Stuff wet towels around the door to
keep smoke out.
• If possible, open a window and hang
a sheet outside to signal for help.
• Cover your face with a wet cloth and
stay low if smoke gets in the room.
• Do not jump.
Fire Data and Public Education
978-567-3380 •
Stephen D. Coan • State Fire Marshal
The Massachusetts State Fire
Marshal offers these tips for
a safe and happy summer.
Gasoline and Lawn Mowers
Gasoline vapors are highly flammable.
They stay on your clothing and can ignite
if you light a match or cigarette.
Store gasoline only in approved containers, outside, or in a building not attached
to the house. Never keep gasoline inside
the home.
Barbecue Safely
Use all barbecue grills away from the
house, outdoors.
Use only charcoal lighter fluid to start
charcoal grills.
Never leave a burning grill unattended.
Children should never play near grills or
propane cylinders.
Once coals are lit, never add more
lighter fluid to the fire. Flames may
travel up the stream of fluid resulting in
serious burns.
Never use gasoline on any grill!
Dispose of ashes in a metal container.
Gas Grills
When Your Car Overheats
You should not use a gas or charcoal grill
on any porch or balcony. Electric grills have
no open flame and may be used.
Keep gasoline away from all heat sources
such as smoking materials, pilot lights,
campfires, and grills.
Gas grills can be used on first floor decks
or patios only if there is an outdoor stairway to the ground, or it is at ground level.
Never fuel a lawn mower while it is hot. Let
it cool off first.
LP-gas is heavier than air and sinks. A
leaky grill could pose a hazard to people
below. Possible ignition sources include
smoking materials, air conditioners, compressors, pilot lights and cars.
Keep hands and feet away from a mower
while it is running.
Charcoal Grills
Keep all LP-gas outside, 10 feet away
from building openings such as doors,
windows, dryer vents and 20 feet away
from air intake vents and all ignition
Before lighting a grill:
• Make sure all connections are secure
and tight, and open the lid.
• Caution! If the flame goes out, turn off
the gas and wait 10 minutes for excess
gas to dissipate before relighting.
• Make sure the grease trap is clean.
• Turn off your car and wait at least
one-half hour before attempting to
open the radiator.
• Use a heavy rag or cloth to open the
• Stand back as far as possible. Keep
your face out of the way in case the
radiator should rupture!
Opening hot car radiators is one of the
leading causes of burns. These burns
can be prevented with patience and
appropriate precautions.
When your car overheats, or even when
it’s just been running for a while, pressure builds up inside the radiator.
If you open a hot car radiator, hot
steam and liquid can splash on your
face and hands causing painful,
disfiguring burns.
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