I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. By the time you read this article, our 4th of July holiday will have passed. You have heard me mention more than once about leaving fireworks to the pros. I know there were lots of fantastic firework displays throughout the area and I hope you took advantage of those displays. I also know it can look like WWIII with all the home fireworks going off, so I hope everyone used good judgment and enjoyed a safe holiday.
With lots of summer still left I know many of you are considering a camping trip or an overnight stay at your favorite camping ground. If you use a tent I need to ask, “How flammable is your tent”? Most tents, even those that are labeled flame resistant, will burn, so keep all sources of heat or flames at a safe distance. I would still buy a flame-resistant tent. Here are some other camping safety tips:
1.) Pitch your tent at least 15 feet upwind from grills and fireplaces.
2.) Have an escape plan, and be prepared to cut your way out of the tent if a fire occurs.
3.) Use only battery-operated lights in or near tents and campers.
4.) NO GRILLS OR FIRES inside your tent or camper, Carbon Monoxide is present in these fires and being overcome because of CO is NO way to enjoy a camping adventure.
5.) Keep a fire extinguisher or container of water available at all times.
6.) Maintain at least a three-foot clear area, free of leaves, dry grass, pine needles, etc., around grills, fireplaces and tents.
7.) Before leaving the campsite or going to bed, thoroughly extinguish all fires, and turn off fuel lanterns and stoves.
8.) Hey kids, remember when Fireman Joe taught you STOP-DROP and ROLL? Your next family camping trip is a great opportunity to remember or even show Mom or Dad and your guests how you can put out a clothing fire.
9.) Use only electrically operated lights in camping trailers.
10.) Keep cooking and heating equipment in safe condition.
11.) Check all gas connections and fume vents. Keep a fire extinguisher available at all times, especially when cooking, but keep it by the camper/trailer exit door.
12.) A fire escape plan with your family on the camp site is important.
Lastly, remember in case of a fire; get everyone to safety before calling for help or attempting to extinguish the flames. Don't forget; fire spreads very fast, especially in dry and congested areas. I don't want to burst anyone's bubble, but next month we will talk about Back-to-School Safety. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
About Fireman Joe
Lieutenant Joe Stambush is a 48 year veteran in the industry of Fire/EMS, while serving with the Campbell County, Erlanger, Point Pleasant and Bromley Fire Departments.