Wishing You a Fire Safe Summer-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, July 1, 2013

Wishing You a Fire Safe Summer

As the summer season begins I would like to wish the Lifeline readers a happy and safe summer. As you go about planning and attending events such as family reunions, picnics, vacations, visiting amusement parks, etc. I would like to offer a few safety tips. We here at the EH&S Dept. would like to see you return to campus safe, sound and recharged ready to take on the upcoming semester.

Fireworks Safety
The best way to protect your family from a fireworks accident is not to use fireworks at home. I recommend attending public fireworks displays and leave the lighting of fireworks to the professionals. A study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that fireworks were involved in an estimated 9,600 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2011. FIREWORKS ARE DANGEROUS. LEAVE THEM TO THE PROFESSIONALS.
Grilling Safety
Before using a grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line. Make certain the venturi tubes (where the gas and air mix) are not blocked. Do not wear loose fitting clothing while cooking on a grill. Be extremely careful when using lighter fluid. Never add fluid to an already lit fire as the flame can flashback up into the container and explode. Do not grill in an enclosed area; carbon monoxide could be produced. Supervise children around an outdoor grill and keep all matches and lighters away from children. Dispose of hot coals properly – pour plenty of water on them, stir them to make certain that the fire is out.
Campfire Safety
NEVER LEAVE CAMPFIRES UNATTENDED. . Keep campfires small and do not let them get out of hand. Build campfires in locations will they will not spread to dry grass and leaves. Always have water and a shovel nearby to extinguish the fire when you are done. Once you think the fire is out stir it up and douse it again.

By: Richard Caruso, rmcaruso@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-9404