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.
- 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)
- 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.