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Stay Safe This Labor Day Weekend

August 27, 2008

For more information contact:

Bill Flora, Fire Marshal/Deputy Chief, Fire & Emergency Services 425-430-7000
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

RENTON: Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the end of the summer season. The City of Renton encourages families and individuals who are planning end-of-season fun to have a safe and healthy weekend.

This is a great time for families to enjoy outdoor summer fun, but it is important to follow park or campground rules on how to use and extinguish campfires. Summertime should be a time for fun and making happy memories. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following instructions will help everyone have a safe summer.

The following are some safety tips that will help keep you and your family safe as you enjoy Labor Day weekend.

Grilling or planning a barbecue?
• Ensure that your barbecue is sound and in good working order; check hoses and connections.
• Make sure the cooking site for the barbecue is flat and is away from sheds, fences, and overhanging branches.
• Position the grill well away from siding, deck railings and out from under eaves.
• Never use a barbecue indoors or in a tent. This is a dangerous fire hazard and can cause high levels of carbon monoxide to accumulate.
• Keep children and outdoor games away from the cooking area. Never leave a barbecue unattended.
• Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire because flames can flashback up into the container and cause it to explode.
• Dispose of hot coals properly - douse them with plenty of water, and stir them to ensure they are completely extinguished and cool. Dispose of them in a metal container or bucket.
• Keep all matches, lighters and barbeque lighters out of the reach of children.
• Allow the barbecue to cool before attempting to move it.

Camping plans?
• Camp only in areas where camping is allowed.
• Build campfires where they will not spread, away from trees, dry grass and leaves.
• Avoid starting a fire underneath low-hanging branches or shrubbery.
• Never use flammable liquids to ignite or keep your fire burning. This means, avoid gasoline, diesel fuel, lighter fluid and other dangerous fuels.
• Keep a close watch on children and pets when they are near the campfire.
• Keep campfires small.
• Never leave campfires unattended.
• Keep plenty of water and a shovel around to douse the fire when you're done. Stir it and douse it again with water.

Boating Safety:
Our region is a boater’s paradise with miles of shoreline, rivers, and lakes. However, it's important that boaters operate their vessels in a safe manner to protect themselves and others from needless accidents and injuries. By focusing on water safety, boating requirements, wearing life jackets, paying attention to the weather, and maintaining boat equipment you can avoid unnecessary risks. For more information on boater safety and the state requirements for boaters go to http://www.parks.wa.gov/boating/ 

For any fire emergency, call 9-1-1. For other safety questions contact the City of Renton Fire & Emergency Services at 425-430-7000 or visit rentonwa.gov.