Safety tips for summer fun

Published 9:15 am Monday, June 6, 2011

With school ending and warmth and sunshine out in full force, it’s unofficially summertime. With that comes an increase in fun activities that happen a lot more this time of year.

Hollie Henry, 31, and her husband Marshall, 36, both employed in Chesapeake, and their three children, Bailee, 13, Ryan, 6, and Shad, 2, stay very busy during the summer.

“We do a lot of things,” Hollie Henry said. “We go to baseball games, go camping, go to the beach at least once and we fish a lot.”

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Henry added that they take the children to the pool and playground and they also have a lot of get-togethers with family and spend time grilling out.

Henry is aware of the safety hazards that come with campfires and grills, especially when it comes to the children.

“The biggest thing would be with the grill — not letting the kids around it, especially the 2 year old. He wants to touch everything,” Henry said. “If we are grilling, they are inside.”

The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of State Fire Marshal wants to remind the public of some other safety tips to consider when having summertime fun.

When having a summer evening campfire, be sure to build them small and where they will not spread, keeping them away from dry grass and overhanging trees.

Be sure to have lots of water and a shovel to put the fire out by dousing it with water, stirring it, then dousing again. Don’t leave a fire unattended and follow all park rules.

When starting up the grill for a barbecued dinner, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line, and be sure not to overfill the tank.

Never wear loose clothing when grilling, or grill in an enclosed area.

Don’t add lighter fluid to an already lit fire and keep matches and lighters away from children.

As with campfires, douse hot coals from the grill with water, then stir and douse again to make sure the fire is out.

Be sure everyone knows to stop, drop and roll if a piece of clothing catches fire.