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Summer Safety Tips Part Two | Outdoor Safety

Posted Jun 22 2009 11:12am
The warm summer weather draws more families to the outdoors. It is the time of year for family picnics, visiting the playground, grilling out and going to the lake or beach. Once again Healthy Moms has teamed up with Underwriters Laboratories to bring to you the second part of our summer safety series.

During summer holidays such as Memorial Day, Father's Day and the Fourth of July families enjoy grilling out.

  • In 2002, gas and charcoal grills caused 900 structure fires and 3,500 outdoor fires in or on home properties, resulting in a combined direct property loss of $30 million.
  • Gas-fueled grills caused an estimated 600 home structure fires and 3,200 home outdoor fires in 2002.
  • Charcoal-fueled or other solid-fueled grills caused an estimated 300 home structure fires and 300 home outdoor fires in 2002.

"A few simple precautions around the barbecue grill will protect not only the hamburgers and hot dogs, but the chef and the surrounding property as well," says John Drengenberg, Consumer Affairs manager for Underwriters Laboratories. "Everyone loves backyard barbecuing. Unfortunately, our good times can be spoiled if we are not careful."

To prevent your grill from starting a fire make sure you keep it a safe distance from your house. UL recommends placing the grill at least 5-10 feet from your home. If you are using a charcoal grill remember that the coals can get extremely hot. Make sure you are using the proper utensils such as BBQ tongs. Always let the coals cool and never ever light your grill in the garage. When grilling out make sure you have a spray bottle or fire extinguisher handy.

For more information on grilling safety listen to these audio files from Underwriters Laboratories.

Overview and statistics
Grilling safety tips

If you have children or grandchildren you probably frequent the playground or local park during the summer time. Every year 200,000 children are treated for playground injuries. Follow these safety tips to prevent a trip to the emergency room for your child.

Make sure home playground equipment is anchored safely in the ground, all equipment pieces are in good working order, S-hooks are entirely closed and bolts are not protruding. According to the CPSC, seventy percent of all playground-related deaths occur on home playground equipment. Install protective surfacing underneath the equipment and be certain that your children are dressed appropriately and they don't have any strings hanging off of their clothing. Avoid putting a jacket or hoodie on your child with strings dangling off of the hood or by the zipper. These can get caught on playground equipment and cause series injuries or even death to your child. Always make sure your children are supervised when playing outside on playground equipment. Watching your child from a window is not proper supervision. You have to be outside with him.

For more information on summer safety tips visit UL's Summer Safety Survival Guide.

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