How To Stay Safe Using Fireworks And Grills

People in boats had a front row seat to the fireworks show. (Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn)
Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn

  TOMS RIVER – As summer holidays hit, and the coronavirus regulations are eased, the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention is urging everyone to have a safe summer by issuing easy-to-follow tips.

  The first topic they wanted to tackle is fireworks. The message is easy: Leave it to the professionals!

  State law allows the sale and use of non-aerial fireworks such as hand-held sparklers, smoke devices, and ground-based sparklers. However, even these can be dangerous. The temperature of a small sparkler after ignition is nearly 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, they said.

  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 200 people go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. A third of those who are injured are younger than 15.

  The following are tips on using fireworks safely:

  • Place a bucket of water nearby in case of an emergency. D
  • Douse burned fireworks with water before throwing them into the trash.
  • Keep a safe distance from fireworks. Once you have lit the fuse, move away immediately. In case the firework does not light properly, douse with water and DO NOT attempt to relight it.
  • Remember to only use fireworks outdoors and away from wooded areas and anything flammable. Make sure everyone is a safe distance away.

  State law prohibits the sale and use of any aerial explosives such as bottle rockets, firecrackers and Roman candles.

Grilling Safety

  Barbecues are back on the menu, especially since outdoor gatherings are safer these days.

  Here are some tips to keep yourself safe:

  • Keep the grill at least two feet away from decks, siding, branches and any outdoor equipment that can catch fire quickly.
  • Check gas grill hoses for cracks, holes and leaks.
  • Declare a three-foot “kid and pet-free zone” around the grill to keep them safe.
  • Avoid loose clothing that can catch fire when cooking on the grill.

Water Activity Safety

  While we’re talking safety, this is the time of year for boating…and boating accidents.

  Here are some tips for safety near the water:

  • Review safe boating practices.
  • Never consume alcohol while driving a boat.
  • Before boating, always check that there are enough life preservers on hand for every passenger.
  • Set water safety rules for your family.
  • Pools should be enclosed completely with a fence to restrict access to the area. Consider installing wireless outdoor sensors that will alert you via phone or with a chime inside your home if the sensors are activated.
  • Keep a first aid kit near the pool.