Tips for a safe hol­i­day week­end

Maryland Independent - - News -

The Charles County Vol­un­teer Fire and EMS As­so­ci­a­tions of­fer some com­mon sense tips for a safe and healthy Me­mo­rial Day week­end.

When us­ing a grill, be sure to clean it thor­oughly to re­move any grease or dust. Check for gas leaks. Use the grill out­side, not in a garage, porch, and at least 10 feet from your home and com­bustibles. If you plan to use a fire pit, be sure to put out fire com­pletely be­fore leav­ing it unat­tended. Never use a grill on any bal­cony of apart­ments or con­do­mini­ums. Never use gaso­line to ig­nite a grill; only use ap­proved ig­ni­tion flu­ids.

Do not al­low chil­dren and pets to play near a grill; re­mem­ber a 10 foot safety area around your grill. Keep a fire ex­tin­guisher near your grill. Char­coal ashes and used bri­quettes need to be dis­posed of in a me­tal con­tainer and al­lowed to cool down be­fore dis­posal. Keep ash con­tainer off of your wooden deck and away from your home.

Don’t swim alone and wear a life vest while boat­ing. Don’t rely on floata­tion de­vices to pro­tect your chil­dren from drown­ing. Su­per­vise chil­dren at all times in and near the wa­ter. Keep a cell phone nearby should you need to call 911.

Don’t drink and drive or travel with any­one who is in­tox­i­cated. Wear your seat­belt at all times. Make sure your ve­hi­cle has been ser­viced be­fore a long road trip. If you are us­ing your wipers; turn on your head­lights. If you come upon emer­gency ve­hi­cles at the scene of an emer­gency, move over. Fa­mil­iar­ize your­self with your sur­round­ings and know where the near­est med­i­cal care fa­cil­ity is in case of an emer­gency.

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