Outdoor Fire Safety Information from the Lakewood Fire Department: Fire Safety Starts with YOU

Sima Clapman, Lakewood Fire Department Fire Prevention Specialist, and the members of the Lakewood Fire Department are reminding people to stay safe during those wonderful cookouts whether they are at home or during camping. If you are grilling, place your grill away from siding, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Don’t walk away from the grill once it is lit — Keep an eye on the grill at all times. To keep kids and pets safe, keep a 3-foot safety zone around your grill.

If you plan to build a campfire or a fire pit, keep it at least 25-feet away from tents, shrubs, and anything that can burn. Turn off or put out fires before you leave the backyard or camp site. Be sure to watch children when the fire pit is in use. Store matches and lighters out of the sight and reach of children.

Fireworks are dangerous to people and pets. Using them puts your property at risk. Sparklers can reach 1,200 degrees F and cause 3rd degree burns.

For additional fire safety information for parents, children, and educators, visit the Lakewood Fire Department’s website at lakewoodfd.org. or call 732-364-5151.

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