The Norwalk Fire Department (NFD) is cautioning residents on common Fourth of July hazards.
"Each year nationwide there are about 10,000 injuries, 3 deaths and 25,000 fires due to the use of illegal fireworks," said Michele Deluca, Deputy Director of Emergency Services at the NFD. "The Norwalk Fire Department recommends that residents enjoy the public licensed fireworks displays and have safe and enjoyable holiday.
Here are some tips released by the Norwalk Fire Department on summer holiday preparedness.
· Never operate grills and other open-flame cooking devices on combustible balconies and decks or within 10 feet of a structure.
· Set the grill up in an open area away from low hanging tree limbs, dry leaves and brush.
· Check hoses and propane tanks for leaks.
· Make the area around the grill a no play zone.
· Avoid wearing long, hanging clothes.
· Never grill inside of garages or carports.
· Purchase the proper starting fluid if you use a charcoal grill.
· If you must dispose of the ashes before fully cooled, soak them completely in water before putting them in a non-combustible container.
Fireworks Safety: (Only Sparklers and Fountains are legal for personal use in CT)
· Always read and follow labeled directions.
· Have an adult present at all times.
· Never allow children to play, hold or light sparklers.
· Only buy from licensed/permitted dealers.
· Always have water close (a garden hose and a bucket).
· Stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day, and stay inside an air-conditioned building if possible.
· Supervise children; children rely on adults to tell them when to come inside, when to drink water and what sort of clothing to wear. It doesn’t take long for a child’s small body to become overheated.
· Drink plenty of water.
· Never leave a child or pet in the car unattended.
For additional information about safety and preparedness, visit www.ready.gov.