From Training Officer Mike Benoir:
State Fire Marshal Offers Fireworks Safety Tips
State Fire Marshal Bert Polk is urging citizens to stay safe if participating in any fireworks activities during the July 4th holiday.
“You cannot take safety for granted when it comes to fireworks,” Polk said. “We want everyone to have fun, but safety precautions must come first.”
For those choosing to use consumer fireworks, the State Fire Marshal suggests these safety tips:
• Observe local laws. If unsure whether it is legal to use fireworks, check with local officials.
• Buy from fireworks retailers permitted through the Fire Marshal’s Office.
• Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
• Always have an adult present when shooting fireworks.
• Use common sense and always read and follow the directions on each firework.
• Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
• Only use fireworks outdoors, away from homes, dry grass, and trees.
• Light one firework at a time and keep a safe distance.
• Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.
• Never give fireworks to small children.
• Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
• Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
• Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
• Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
• Put used fireworks in a bucket of water; keep a garden hose on hand.
“There are hundreds of permitted professional fireworks displays available to South Carolinians to enjoy during the Fourth of July holiday,” Polk said. “Residents can consult their local fire officials for displays in their area.”
The Anderson County Fire Department Wishes Everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday!
It’s that time of the year again and the Anderson County Fire Department wants to make sure you have a fun but safe time also! Here are a few things to remember before heading to the lake:
Before you Leave:
- Check the weather.
- Let someone know where you are going.
- Gather all lifesaving devices. Make sure they are in good serviceable condition and are the correct size for all passengers (especially children).
- Check the fuel and the battery charge.
- Make sure lights are in good working condition on the boat and trailer.
- Make sure fire extinguisher is readily accessible and in good serviceable condition.
- Put the plug in.
- Connect trailer safety chains to tow vehicle.
- Carry a cell phone if possible.
On the Water:
- Know the aids to navigation and buoy system in your areas.
- Don’t operate the boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- When operating sailboats be aware of overhead power lines and wires.
- If someone falls overboard, throw something that will float (Personal Floating Device (PFD), raft or cooler).
- All boats approaching from the right have the right of way.
- Always anchor from the bow of the boat and pull the anchor before leaving.
- If boat capsizes, stay with the boat.
- If caught in a storm, head into the wind, put on PFD’s and keep passengers low in the boat.
- Cold water boaters such as duck hunters, fishermen, sailors beware! Cold water kills.
Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
All boats must have a US Coast Guard approved wearable type PFD for each person on board or being towed. Each PFD must be in good condition, readily available and the proper size for the intended wearer. In addition, boats 16 feet in length or longer must carry a Type IV throwable device. In South Carolina, any person under twelve years of age must wear a US Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD when on board a class “A” (less than 16 ft. long) boat.
One Coast Guard approved hand-held portable fire extinguisher must be aboard each boat less than 26 ft. if the boat is carrying passengers for hire or if the construction permits the entrapment of flammable vapors or if it has a permanently installed gas tank, including gas tanks that use any type of fastener that would hamper the immediate removal of the tank from the boat. Additional extinguishers are required in boats larger than 26 ft. Contact the SCDNR for complete regulations.
Navigation Lights must be on between official sunset and sunrise.
Flares are required for vessels in coastal waters.
All boats less than 39.4 feet must carry an efficient sound producing device. Every vessel from 39.4 to 65.6 feet must carry a whistle and a bell.
To see a full list of South Carolina Boating Laws please visit www.dnr.sc.gov for more information.
The National Fire Protection Association states that 90 percent of American homes are equipped with smoke alarms, but more than 50 percent are not in working condition. Working smoke alarms decrease your risks of dying in a fire by 50 percent. On average 3,000 Americans die each year of fire related injuries. In spite of smoke alarms’ affordability and availability, two-thirds of the people who lost their lives did not have working smoke alarms in their homes.
Children and seniors are at increased risk of dying in a home fire because of the lack of mobility, fear and confusion. Make sure children recognize the sound of the home’s smoke alarm and teach them to respond instinctively to its signal.
Smoke Alarm Placement
Smoke alarms should be replaced after ten years. Smoke alarm should be place on each level of the home, one outside of each sleeping area, and one in each bedroom. Smoke alarms should be mounted on the ceiling or on the wall 6 to 12 inches from the ceiling. Along with the installation of smoke alarms, a family should sit down and discuss a fire escape plan and practice exit drills in the home. All smoke alarms should be tested monthly.
Fire Escape Plan
Identify two ways out of every room and practice the drill with the entire family. Be sure all family members understand the lifesaving practice of crawling below the dangerously thick smoke and intense heat of a fire. Teach children to, “never hide, go outside.” Once outside the family should gather at a designated meeting place and then call 911.
If you need smoke detectors for your home, stop by and see us at Anderson County Fire Headquarters at 210 McGee Road, Anderson SC, 29625 or give us a call at 864-260-4016
Also if you need help with developing a fire escape plan for your family stop by and see us or give us a call at 864-260-4016 and we would be happy to assist you.
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