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Posted on: May 27, 2021

SUMMER BREAK = SUMMER SAFETY

Summery Safety

With schools dismissing for the summer, it is time to refresh your summer safety checklist. To help, the Carbondale Fire Department would like to share the following tips provided by the International Association of Fire Fighters:

  • If you don't have a fenced yard, teach your child the boundaries. Always have a responsible person supervise outdoor play.
  • Check your yard for dangerous plants. If you are unsure about any of the plants in your yard, call your local poison help line.
  • Teach your child never to pick and eat anything from a plant, no matter how good it looks, without your permission.
  • If you use pesticides or herbicides on your lawn or garden, read the instructions carefully. Don't allow children to play on a treated lawn for at least 48 hours.
  • Don't use a power mower to cut the lawn when young children are around. The mower may throw sticks or stones with enough force to injure them. Never have your child on a riding mower even when you are driving. It is safest to keep young children indoors while the lawn is being mowed.
  • When you cook food outdoors, screen the grill so that your child cannot touch it, and explain that it is hot like the stove in the kitchen. Store propane grills so your child cannot reach the knobs. Be sure charcoal is cold before you dump it.
  • Never allow your child to play unattended near traffic.
  • Chemicals, cleaners, gas, car fluids, pesticides and fertilizers can be poisonous.
  • Always tightly replace the lids of poisonous products and lock them up out of sight and reach of children.
  • Keep all doors and gates leading to the pool locked at all times.
  • Invest in baby proofing products like gates and blockades near the pool.
  • Keep the pool area dry and free of all sharp objects.
  • Never leave your kids alone at the pool. Keep a close eye on them at all times.
  • Be sure to always have an adult supervising kids when the grill is on.
  • Remove all flammable items that are near the grill.
  • Be sure to keep fire safety tools around like fire extinguishers.

For more information, please contact the Carbondale Fire Department at (618) 457-3234.

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