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Stay Safe This Labor Day Weekend

August 29, 2007

For more information contact:

David Daniels, Fire Chief /Emergency Management Director 425-430-7083
Terry Higashiyama, Administrator, Community Services 425-430-6600
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

City of Renton Urges Residents to Use Caution and Be Safe for End-of-Summer Holiday Activities

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.

“We are asking citizens and families to have fun but stay safe during this Labor Day holiday weekend,” said Renton Fire Chief I. David Daniels.

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 related to the Labor Day holiday:

Grilling or planning a barbecue?

  • Never leave the barbecue unattended and always have an appropriate portable fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency.
  •  Before using a grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line. 
  • Make sure the venturi 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. 
  • Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire because flames can flashback up into the container and explode. 
  • Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately. 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/barbecue in enclosed areas - carbon monoxide could be produced. 
  • Make sure everyone knows to Stop, Drop and Roll in case a piece of clothing does catch fire.

Camping plans?

  • Camp only in areas where camping is allowed.
  • Build campfires where they will not spread, away from dry grass and leaves. 
  • Keep campfires small, and don't let them get out of hand. 
  • Keep plenty of water and a shovel around to douse the fire when you're done. Stir it and douse it again with water. 
  • Never leave campfires unattended.

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, checking your gear and wearing life jackets when in unguarded swim and boating areas, paying attention to the weather, and checking your boat, equipment, boat balance, engine and fuel supply, 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 to reach the Renton Fire Department.