Tips to Stay Safe This Summer!!
By Firefighter/EMT Nathen Maronski
July 6, 2020

The members of Westmont Fire Company would like to ensure you have an enjoyable and safe summer. Below are some general fire safety tips that will help your family enjoy all that summer can offer.

1.Hazardous Materials:
Most people don't realize that lawn fertilizer and pool chemicals are highly reactive materials that can cause a fire, create a chemical cloud, explode, or cause burns if they come in contact with incompatible materials. Be sure to separate these materials from gasoline, oils, and moisture. Keep these materials in cool dry place that are well ventilated. Make sure that containers are closed and sealed. Follow the instructions printed on the manufacturer's label for use, mixing and disposal.
Propane Grill Safety

2. BBQ Tips:
All barbeque grills must only be used outdoors — using grills indoors or in enclosed spaces is not only a fire hazard, but it exposes occupants to toxic gasses and potential asphyxiation. Cylinder are to be standing upright. Be careful when connecting your cylinders to your grill. Check your grill for leaks with soapy water before use! Remember to keep grill far enough away from your home. If you live in an apartment or condo, grills may NOT be used on balconies! Keep garden hose nearby, connected and ready for use in case of fire.

3. Around the House:
Make sure your address numbers are up and visible from the street.
Maintain a clear 'fire zone' of 10' around structures.
Check outdoor electrical outlets and other electrical appliances for animal nests and to ensure proper wiring.

Keep 100' of garden hose with an attached nozzle connected and ready for use.
Remove leaves and trash from carports and garages: Combustible materials are dangerous if they are exposed to heated automobile components, especially under the vehicle.

Clean up and properly store paints, pool and yard chemicals.
Check fuels containers for leaks and make sure they are properly stored.
Let power equipment sit for approximately 30 minutes before placing it inside to be sure there is no possibility of fire.

If you have any questions or concerns you can always stop in or give us a call and we would be glad to answer/assist you in the right direction.