Summer Safety Tips from the NFD

Safety measures and tips for grilling, campfires and other summer activities from the Norwood Fire Department.

Grilling Safety:

  • Gas and charcoal grills should be used only outside. Do not use in enclosed spaces.
  • Keep the grill well away from siding, deck railings and out from under eaves of the house.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill by establishing a 3-feet “kid free zone.”
  • Keep the grill a safe distance away from lawn games.
  • Use long-handled grilling tools to avoid burns.
  • Periodically remove grease from the grill.
  • For charcoal grills, use the proper starting fluid and keep the can out of reach from children.
  • Never add starter fluid to already ignited coals.
  • Fo gas grills, if you smell gas while cooking get away and call the NFD.
  • Do not store your propane cylinder in buildings or garages.

Outdoor Fires (Chiminea, fire pit, etc.):

  • Keep fire at least 20 feet away from any building.
  • Keep a working garden hose close by.
  • Never leave the fire unattended.
  • Put ashes in a closed metal container 24 hours after use.


  • Use the 30/30 rule - when you see lightning, count to 30, and if you hear thunder within that time frame the thunderstorm is within six miles or less. Seek shelter immediately. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder before leaving shelter.
  • Stop outdoor activities if you hear thunder, and seek shelter immediately.
  • If you’re in open water and see lightning OR hear thunder, go to land and seek shelter immediately.
  • Do not stand under tall isolated trees or tall isolated objects.
  • Stay away from metal or conductive objects (such as fences).
  • If lightning is in the area, and you can’t get to a safe area or if you feel the hair rise on the back of your neck , squat down on the balls of your feet and place your hands over your ears with your head between your knees. Become as small as possible but do not lie flat on the ground.
  • If hit by lightning call 911 immediately.

Heat Safety:

  • Dress for the heat - wear lightweight, light colored clothing.
  • Carry water or juice with you and remember to drink it continuously throughout the day even if you are not thirsty.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Slow down, avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity do it in the cooler hours of the morning.
  • Take regular breaks when engaged in physical activity during warm days. Take time out to find a cool place. If you recognize that you, or someone else, is showing signs of heat related illness, stop activity and find a cool place.
  • Signs of heat-related illness: Cool, moist, pale skin (skin may be red right after physical activity); headache; dizziness, weakness or exhaustion; nausea or vomiting; decreased alertness or complete loss of conciousness; high body temperature; rapid, weak pulse and/or rapid, shallow breathing.


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