despp: DESPP Offers Summer Fire Safety Tips

For immediate release - July 2, 2014


Jeff Morrissette

State Fire Administrator



Scott DeVico

DESPP Public Information Officer






   The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) is reminding residents of the extreme fire dangers during the summer months and the 4th of July holiday and urging everyone to take reasonable precautions.


   “Fireworks and outdoor grilling are two of the most common causes of burn injuries during the summer months,” said Dr. Dora B. Schriro, Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. “By following a few simple rules, you can keep you and your family safe and sound throughout the summer season.”


   “Summer is a time for campfires, barbeques and fireworks, and it is also a time of extreme fire danger,” said State Fire Administrator Jeff Morrissette. “Adhering to these fire safety tips will greatly reduce your fire threat.”


   DESPP offers the following tips:



·         Only use your grill outdoors.  Grills will produce carbon monoxide and should never be used indoors.

·         Place you grill away from your home, and not under an overhang or low hanging tree branches. 

·         Always open the lid of a gas grill prior to lighting it.

·         Do not use an excessive amount of charcoal lighter fluid and do not stand too close to the grill when lighting it.

·         Do not wear loose fitting clothes that may get too close to the flames and catch fire.




·         The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to go to a public show put on by experts.

·         Most fireworks are illegal in Connecticut but even legal fireworks (sparklers and fountains) burn at over 1,200 degrees and can cause severe burns.

·         Sparklers cause 16% of all fireworks injuries and children are at the most risk from these injuries.



·         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 nearby to douse the fire when you're done. Stir the embers and douse it again with water.

·         Never leave campfires unattended.




   Rapid first aid treatment for minor burns can provide immediate comfort and help prevent long term complications. Cool the burn with cool water as soon as possible. This will reduce pain, swelling, and the depth of injury. Do not apply ice directly to cool a burn. Minor burns may often be treated with first aid at home however, second degree burns or greater require immediate medical attention: Call 911.


   Additional information is available by visiting the NFPA web site at or at


   The Connecticut Fire Academy is the teaching arm of the Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, a Division of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.  Their mission is to serve as the primary source of education and training for Connecticut firefighters.



Content Last Modified on 7/2/2014 1:07:04 PM