A few months ago we were worried that the lack of snow over this past winter would cause a bad drought; well Mother Nature took care of us by providing a little rain this spring.
As we near the end of spring and begin to roll into summer the thought of enjoying the outdoors sounds relaxing; outdoor cooking, recreational fires and burning are a few of the activities’ we do each spring and summer.
Every year Americans look forward to summer vacations, camping, family res, picnics, and the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, also brings fires and injuries to outdoor cooking and recreational fires. Annually, there are almost 3,800 Americans injured by gas or charcoal grill fires. (Source: Consumer Products Safety Commission)
(Source: US Fire Administration)
Along with spring and summer comes recreational fires, we would like to remind people that open burning of yard waste is prohibited in Savage.
Recreation Fire Permits are available to download.
Please keep in mind that using gasoline and other flammable liquids can have devastating and deadly consequences; please see the excerpts from a local Boston newspaper article that was published on April 1, 2012 below (Copyright 2012 Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. (CNHI) All Rights Reserved).
An 18 year-old from Muthuen, MA was airlifted to a Boston hospital after being badly burned pouring gasoline on a backyard campfire. The teen suffered second and third degree burns to approximately 50% of his body. It was reported that the fire had died down to embers when the teen added some brush to the fire, and then poured gasoline onto it; the fire flashed up and the gas exploded severely burning the teen. Events like this can have lifelong ramifications!
The Savage Fire Department cautions people to not pour lighter fluid, gasoline, or any other flammable liquids onto embers or an open flame.
As a parent you want to keep your child safe. Using the right car seat and making sure it is installed correctly can make that job a lot easier.
We are proud to offer our residents assistance with installing a car seat. If you are looking for help installing a car seat for the first time or just want to make sure that the current one is installed properly, we can help.
More information on child safety seats.
If you are interested in making an appointment, call John Babin during normal business hours at 952.882.2643.
Americans over the age of 65 have a fire death rate nearly twice the national average. For those over 75, this jumps to three times the national average. Whether living independently or in a care facility, there are steps seniors can take to remain safe from a fire.
Change Smoke Alarm Batteries:
Between 2004-2008, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 260 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 14 deaths, 26 injuries, and $13.8 million in direct property damage annually.
Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they occur, they are likely to be serious. On average:
We conducted an experiment to show how important it is to properly maintain your Christmas tree.
Grease fires can be very dangerous, especially in the kitchen. When a grease fire starts the initial reaction might be to throw water on it, that is one thing you DO NOT want to do! Putting water on a grease fire can cause an explosive force of steam that can blow the burning oil up and out causing devastating results.
Water, being heavier than oil, sinks to the bottom where it instantly becomes superheated, and as stated above, the explosive force of the steam blows the burning oil up and out. If this is done outside, with a turkey fryer for example, it can become a thirty foot high fireball. In the confines of the kitchen the fire ball hits the ceiling and can fill the entire room. Also, do not throw sugar or flour on a grease fire, one cup of either can create the explosive force of two stick of dynamite.
Here is what you should do.
Another thing to note; be careful when you add food to hot oil or a deep fryer. If the oil is too hot, or there are pockets of hot liquid in the food, the hot oil can spray about.
Click Here to learn more about grease fire hazards.
Do you have questions about product recalls?
Almost daily the Consumer Product Safety Commission posts a list of recalled items, ranging from children's toys that have lead paint to defective items. A list of the recalled items can be found at the CPSC website. The website features a list of recent recalls on their home page as when as a search feature to search for recalled items, you can search by manufacturer or item.
The Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office has created some interactive games for kids of all ages. Learn about the different topics by clicking on one of the links below. Fire prevention is something that should be practiced by each member of your family. Test your fire safety knowledge by taking the Fire Marshal Challenge
Fire sprinkler systems are being installed in more and more homes these days. Take the Fire Sprinkler Challenge to learn more about residential fire sprinkler systems.
Learn how fires are investigated and how arson can affect everyone by taking the Arson Challange