Summer Safety

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Yard Safety 

  • Keep children away from any work area where outdoor equipment is being used, like lawn mowers, ladders and power saws.
  • If a child enters any work area, immediately turn off any power equipment.
  • Do not allow children to operate or play with any type of outdoor power equipment, even when it is not in use.
  • Riding mowers should never carry passengers, especially children.
  • Clear the work area of any objects such as twigs, stones and toys that could be picked up and thrown by lawn mower blades.

Barbecue Safety

  • Review the City of Evanston Fire Prevention Code relating to BBQ Grills
  • Before using a grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line. Make sure the venture tubes – where the air and gas mix – are not blocked.
  • Do not overfill the propane tank
  • Do not wear loose clothing while cooking at a barbecue.
  • When using lighter fluid, do not add it to an already lit fire because the flame can flashback up into the container and explode.
  • Keep all matches and lighters away form children. Supervise children around outdoor grills.
  • Dispose of hot coals properly – douse them with plenty of water, and stir them to ensure that the fire is out. Never place them in plastic, paper or wooden containers.
  • Never grill in enclosed areas – carbon monoxide could be produced.

Fire Pits

Fire pits are known to be a great source of warmth and ambience. But, with the popularity of fire pits increasing, fire safety has become even more important. There are many things you should consider while setting up and using a fire pit. The use of fire pits is permissible when all City of Evanston regulations are followed. Review the following regulations and precautions to keep your family safe:

  • City of Evanston Fire Pit Regulations
  • Keep away from flammable material and fluids such as gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, and charcoal lighter fluid or vehicles while in use.
  • Do not use flammable fluids such as gasoline, alcohol, diesel fuel, kerosene, and charcoal lighter fluid to light or relight fires.
  • Exercise the same precautions you would with an open fire.
  • Do not allow children to use the fire pit. Keep children and pets away.
  • Do not wear flammable or loose fitting clothing such as nylon.
  • Before starting the fire, make sure that the lid will still close to extinguish the fire in case of emergency. Do not overload.
  • Before you light the fire, check the wind direction.

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