Summer safety tips offered by the Chattanooga Fire Department

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- It already feels like Summer out there. The changing seasons mean new challenges for fire fighters. The Chattanooga Fire department has responded to 4 separate emergencies since last Friday. Three were house fires. The fourth: two hikers who had be be rescued.

Here are tips on how to keep you safe from Lindsey Rogers with the Chattanooga Fire Department:

  • The burn is currently in effect for outdoor burning from May 1st through September 30th.
  • Burn permits are required from the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau.
  • Improperly discarded smoking materials is a major concern according to Chattanooga Fire. Do not toss smoking materials (cigarettes, cigars etc.) in mulch or dry grass.
  • Keep in mind to have working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers handy!
  • If a severe fire does break in your home, get out and stay out. Do not try to salvage your belongings.

Yard work tip:

  • Let your lawnmower cool down before refueling it.

Grilling tips:

  • keep your grill at least three feet from any structure or combustible materials.
  • Only use your grill outside. It sounds silly but don’t bring into the garage and keep it away from awnings, roof edges, sidings, deck railings, and tree branches.
  • With gas grills, make sure that the fuel line is connected properly.
  • If you’re using a charcoal grill, the charcoal needs to be wet down and soaked in water before disposing it. (The same goes for Amber’s from camp fires)

Outdoor tips:

  • Keep your phone battery charged.
  • Keep extra water and snacks in your possession.
  • Communicate with friends or family where you are going, what you will be doing, and when you will expect to be back.


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