News from Marengo Fire and Rescue District - June, 2011

Although some of our current temperatures have been on the cool side, the summer months are rapidly approaching, and barbecue season will be beginning. So, as you get the grills out and get ready for the family barbecues, here are some fire safety tips for you.

BEFORE BARBECUING:

• Check the tubes leading to the burner regularly for blockages and brittleness. Check your specific grill manufacturer's instructions.

• Make sure the grill is at least 10-feet away from your house, garage, or trees.

• Store and use your grill on a large, flat surface that cannot burn, (i.e.- concrete or asphalt).

• Never transport or store propane cylinders in the trunk of your automobile.

DURING BARBECUING:

• Keep children away from the grill.

• Use long-handled barbecue tools and/or flame-resistant mitts.

• Never pour or squirt starter fluid onto an open flame. The flame can easily flashback along the fluid's path to the container in your hands.

• Never leave the grill unattended.

BARBECUE SAFELY:

• When lighting your propane barbecue, make sure all the connections are secure. Open the lid and strike your match or lighter before turning on the gas.

• Always shut off the propane fuel at the grill and at the bottle after you have finished barbecuing. Otherwise, this could lead to fire hazards, such as leaks and faulty regulators.

• Store your BBQ grill and propane cylinder outdoors.

• Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the safe use, cleaning, and maintenance of your grill.

• Store your cylinder away from heat, and insert a safety plug on the valve.

AFTER BARBECUING:

• Keep your grill clean and free of grease buildup that may lead to a fire.

IN CASE OF A BARBECUE FIRE:

• For PROPANE grills - turn off the burners. For CHARCOAL grills - close the grill lid. Disconnect the power to ELECTRIC grills.

• If there is any type of fire that either threatens your personal safety or endangers property, ALWAYS call the Fire Department.

• NEVER attempt to extinguish a grease fire with water. It will only cause the flames to flare up. Use an approved, portable fire extinguisher.

Women’s Health

National Women’s Health week was May 8-14, 2011. Many of the health issues that women encounter can be preventable or discovered early enough for effective treatment with regular doctor’s visits. Women should also look into their family history as some of these diseases can be hereditary. An example of this would be Breast Cancer. Women who have had breast cancer or other breast problems, or who have a family history of Breast Cancer, might need to start getting mammograms before age 40. Or, they might need to get them more often. Women 40 years and older should get a mammogram every 1 to 2 years. For more information on the types of diseases and tests that should be done annually, visit www.womenshealth.gov.

If you have any questions regarding fire safety or health issues, feel free to contact us at 815-568-8912.