Officer Offers Summer Fire Safety Tips | Local news

As residents get outdoors this summer, Radcliff Deputy Fire Chief Tommy Crane encourages them to remember a few basic safety guidelines.

For starters, when it comes to grilling, Crane said propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors, not in the garage or carport. Nor should they be left unattended.

The grill should be at least 10 feet away from the house, deck railings, and away from eaves and overhanging branches. Crane also noted that gas and charcoal grills are not allowed on apartment building balconies.

Children and pets must be kept at least three feet away from the grilling area.

Crane also encouraged residents to make sure their grill is clean by removing any grease or grease buildup.

Also, with gas grills, always make sure the grill lid is open before lighting. Residents should check hoses and connections for leaks with a soap and water solution.

“If you haven’t used (the grill) in a while, make sure it’s in good condition,” he said.

Crane also had some tips for fireworks. He said the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display by trained professionals.

If people choose to buy and use fireworks, they should be sure to keep children at a safe distance, Crane said. Only adults should light fuses. The risk of injury from fireworks is greatest for children ages 5 to 14.

Crane also said to check local laws and ordinances regarding the use of fireworks. Both Radcliff and Elizabethtown have ordinances in place with times and dates when fireworks can be used.

Crane pointed out that state law says a person must be at least 200 feet away from structures, vehicles and people when using fireworks. This should also include proximity to wooded areas.

Crane encouraged people to have a method of extinguishing fireworks.

The tip of a flare is 1,200 degrees. To put it into perspective, Crane said that wood burns at 575 degrees and glass melts at 900 degrees.

Crane also reminded residents to be careful not to leave children in hot cars. If there is a child in the car, she said do something to remind yourself of the child’s presence.

Some of the things people can do to protect themselves against leaving a child in the car include putting a reminder on a phone, having someone call or text a reminder, or putting an item like a lunch box, purse , briefcase or identification tag in the back seat, so you have to physically check the back seat area.

Also, Crane said to make sure kids can’t get into a parked car.

“Try to remember to lock the car if you have it in the driveway so they don’t come in and play unsupervised and accidentally lock themselves in,” he said.

According to the Kids and Car Safety website, the average number of child deaths in hot cars in the US is 38 per year. 87% of children who have died in a hot car are 3 years old or younger.

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