Grill fires, burns from flare-ups, and improper use of charcoal lighter fluid increase during barbecue season Over 70% of gas grill fires occur between May and September. Read these Grilling Safety Tips and our one page pamphlet on Grilling Safety to learn more. Propane cylinders that are more than 12 years old must be re-qualified to determine if they are safe to refill and use. Read a one page flyer called Is Your Propane Cylinder SAFE? to determine if you cylinder is safe to use and to have refilled.
Enjoy professional, supervised fireworks displays. But remember that the possession and use of any fireworks by private citizens is illegal in Massachusetts. This includes sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers and cherry bombs and anything purchased out of state or by mail. Visit our web page Leave Fireworks to the Professionals and read our one page pamphlet on Fireworks Safety for more information.
Over half of the victims of gasoline burns in Massachusetts are under the age of 25. Learn to handle gasoline safely. Visit www.stopgasfires.org for information on preventing gas fires and to see a compelling video.
Disposal of smoking materials in bark mulch causes many fires. Never throw cigarettes butts into mulch; mulch is easily ignited. Visit our Mulch Safety web page and read our one page pamphlet on Mulch Fire Safety for details.
Beat the Beep: Replace Aging CO Alarms – They Don’t Last Forever
Carbon monoxide (CO) alarms have been required in nearly every residence in Massachusetts since March of 2006. The life expectancy of carbon monoxide alarms is 5-7 years, depending on make and model, and many CO alarms installed as a result of this recent law are now reaching the end of their useful lives and need to be replaced. No home appliance lasts forever.
How is carbon monoxide (CO) dangerous?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as the Invisible Killer because it is a poisonous gas that has no visible color, taste, or odor. When you breath it in, it makes you feel nauseas, dizzy, headachy, and tired like you have the flu. It poisons the body by removing oxygen in the blood stream, slowly suffocating you. It makes it hard to think clearly.
Where Does CO Come From?
Heating equipment is the leading cause of CO incidents. It can also come from hot water heaters, gas stoves, gas dryers, barbecue grills, fireplaces, and from cars, lawn mowers, snow blowers or generators running inside the garage – even with the door open. A large number of CO incidents take place between the months of November and February and between 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. This is the time when most heating equipment is being used at home. more information…