Spring & Summer Outdoor Safety
When spring is in full swing, families spend
more time outside enjoying the wonderful weather... manicuring their
planting gardens, and cooking out.
Here are some important safety tips from the
Oklahoma City Fire Department.
Lawn Care Equipment
- Make sure all equipment is in good repair.
- Be sure blade guards are in place on all cutting
and trimming equipment.
- Wear proper eye protection when using equipment.
- Store gasoline-powered equipment away from
ignition sources, such as a water heater or pilot light. It's best to
store equipment outside, or in a storage shed.
Handling Gasoline Safely
- Use only approved containers marked for gasoline
use. Never store gasoline in glass jars, soda bottles, or milk jugs.
- Never use gasoline to clean skin, clothes,
auto parts, or floors.
- When refueling equipment, make sure the engine
is off and cool. Don't risk spilling gasoline on a hot engine.
- Don't smoke while using gasoline.
Outdoor Cooking Safety
- Be sure to set up your grill away from structures,
- Don't use a grill in the breezeway or balcony
of an apartment.
- Don't pour lighter fluid on coals that are
already hot. This can cause a flash fire. The flames may have died down,
but there's still tremendous heat in the charcoal.
- When using a gas grill, turn the gas on and
immediately light the grill. Don't allow gas to build up before lighting.
- Remember that gas grills can produce dangerous
Propane Tank Safety
- Be sure to get the right type of couplings
if you exchange your tank. There are three basic types and they are not
compatible; however, two of the fittings will appear to go together, but
will leak profusely when the tank is turned on.
- Light the grill immediately after turning
on the gas, do not allow gas to build up or it could flash when ignited.
- After use, turn off the gas and the valve
at the bottle so that gas will not escape and build up.
Swimming Pool Chemicals
- Do not mix any of the chemicals together.
- Use all chemicals in accordance with manufacturers
- Store chemicals in their original containers
in a cool dry location.