Stillwater Fire District
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Summer Safety Tips
I guess we can assume that winter has finally ended and spring is finally here, I have mowed the grass for the first time and the trees are starting to bloom.
Just another reminder, that the outdoor burning ban continues through mid May, as the strong spring sun dries the dead winter grass and leaves fire spreads rapidly and we have already experienced structures being involved as a result of vegetation fires Ė especially when there is a breeze. Even after the burn ban, fire size is limited, it must be attended at all times and permits are required in the respective towns, things can still get out of control.
As we start to spend more time outside some reminders are appropriate. When using your gas grill, position it at least 5 feet away from a structure, the heat coming off the back of the grill is enough to ignite the siding which will spread very rapidly up the siding and into the roof space Ė especially vinyl siding. Also do not store propane tanks inside a structure, if there is a leak that finds an ignition source an explosion and fire could follow.
For the storage of gasoline we highly recommend containers that will not leak if upset, these containers have a button to push to begin the flow of gasoline and will shut off immediately upon the release of the button, invest in a good can. When gasoline is stored in the sun the fumes will build up pressure and a plastic container will expand; the containers with the push buttons can be burped to relieve the pressure prior to pouring. If you are fueling any equipment remember that the warmer it is the more ignitable fumes will be generated this is especially true when fueling boats with enclosed areas, make sure you take the time to properly ventilate enclosed areas. Donít refuel hot equipment and donít refuel equipment inside any structure.
We are actually glad to see that many small engines are being replaced by battery powered motors Ė but take caution with battery charging, donít leave the battery in the charger after itís fully charged there is a risk of overheating and donít cover a charger in any way, it needs air circulation to cool it.
Electrical safety is always a concern during the summer months. Extension cords are used more often, take precautions to avoid electrocution. Check cords for cracks in the outer covering; replace the cord if thatís the case. Make sure the round grounding prong is in place on the plug, if not replace the plug or the cord. The grounding prong is what carries stray electricity back to the system and not through you. If you donít know how to do a proper repair find someone who does, electrocution is not an option. Avoid risks and donít use a cord in standing water without close inspection of the outer cover.
When using power equipment such as lawnmowers keep everyone especially children away, solid materials can be launched from a mower and become a deadly object, while children may like to follow you around the yard, be aware of where they are before backing up or being struck by launched objects. Its best to keep them away until you are finished and keep them safe.
If using a ladder or metal objects be sure to LOOK UP first to make sure you are not coming in contact with live electrical wires. Secondary power can be run from a utility pole to your home overhead, so are telephone and cable wires, if you donít know the difference, just stay away from them all. When using a ladder make sure the fly section is locked in and the ladder is firmly planted on the ground so that it doesnít fall over or slip when you are on it.
The risk of injury from fireworks increases immensely during the summer months. Donít take risks and donít place children at risk. All types of fireworks can be dangerous and can cause severe burns and injuries, donít mix alcohol and fireworks, they can be a deadly combination. The unintended results could haunt you for a lifetime.
For your personal safety; as it becomes warmer, stay hydrated and donít overdo it, take it easy and enjoy the upcoming summer months by stopping to think, donít take shortcuts we donít want to meet by accident!!
We continue to shamelessly plead to entice new members to join our local fire departments. The lack of volunteers is becoming a national crisis and may only be solved in the future by hiring part time or full time firefighters which will drive up local taxes. If you are inclined to join please consider it, we have a job for everyone.
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Regularly Scheduled Events:
Training -- Wednesday Nights beginning at 6:30 P.M. and Saturdays beginning at 8:00 A.M. with breakfast beginning at 7:30AM
Company Meetings -- 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 P.M.
Board of Fire Commissioner's Meeting -- 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 P.M.
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