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North Haven Fire Department Provides Water and Grilling Safety Tips for Summer

North Haven Fire Department
Paul Januszewski, Fire Chief
11 Broadway
North Haven, CT 06473

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 203-404-7751

North Haven Fire Department Provides Water and Grilling Safety Tips for Summer

NORTH HAVEN — With warm weather approaching, Chief Paul Januszewski and the North Haven Fire Department would like to provide essential safety tips to help residents enjoy the warm summer months safely.

“Everyone looks forward to the warm weather and long summer days, but we want to make sure that everyone enjoys outdoor activities safely,” Chief Januszewski said. “I urge everyone to follow these basic guidelines, especially as they relate to pool and grill safety.”

According to the Connecticut State Fire Marshal’s Office, during the most recent reporting period, 100 house fires broke out between July 1, 2013 and July 31, 2015 that were caused by grills.

In order to prevent grilling fires and keep residents safe while cooking outdoors, the North Haven Fire Department recommends the following:

Safety First

  • Fire code bans the use or storage of grills on balconies, porches, or decks within 10 feet of a home.
  • Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors.
  • Place grills away from the house, siding, and deck railings and out from under leaves of overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area.
  • Never leave a burning grill unattended.

Gas Grills

  • Make sure the lid of a gas grill is open when you light it. Propane can build up inside and when ignited, the lid may blow off.
  • Check that all connections are tight before turning on the gas.
  • Clean the grease trap every time you grill.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, turn the grill off and move away from it. Call 911 from a safe location. Do not move the grill.
  • Store propane cylinders upright in an outdoor, shaded area. Cylinders should not be used, stored or transported where they can be exposed to high temperatures.

Charcoal Grills

  • Use only charcoal starter fluid. Never use gasoline or kerosene to start a fire in a grill and never add lighter fluid to burning briquettes or hot coals.
  • Always use charcoal grills in a well-ventilated area. Charcoal briquettes give off carbon monoxide, which can be deadly.
  • Properly dispose of grill ashes. Allow the coals to burn out completely and then cool for 48 hours before disposal. If you must dispose of ashes before they are completely cooled, thoroughly soak them in water before putting them in a metal container.


For those with their own pools, the Connecticut Department of Public Safety Division of Fire, Emergency, and Building Services and the North Haven Fire Department offer the following guidelines:

  • Per Connecticut law, have at least a 4-foot-high barrier that encloses the pool and an access gate that self-closes, locks, and opens outward from the swimming area (even if you don’t have children).
  • Fasten a safety cover over the pool when it is not in use and remove ladders to further prevent access into the pool. This is required if your home’s exterior wall serves as one side of the “barrier” of the pool. For added safety, install a pool alarm that will sound if anyone enters the water.
  • Never leave children unattended while they are near or in a pool they should be accompanied by an adult in the water. Young or inexperienced swimmers should always wear a life jacket or inflatable arm floats.
  • Make sure children stay away from pool drains, pipes, or any other openings to avoid getting trapped or hurt. If a child is missing, always check the pool first.
  • Set safety instructions and share them with family, friends, neighbors, or anyone else who uses the pool. Advise children to stay away from pool deep ends, and to always walk, never run near the pool.
  • Take a CPR course for adults and children to be prepared if an emergency situation occurs.