TAVARES – Lake County Fire Rescue officials are urging people spending Memorial Day weekend outdoors to take the necessary safety precautions to prevent fires and injuries.
“While the intention of Memorial Day is to pay tribute to fallen servicemen and women, the holiday has also become a time when families gather together outside, grilling, building campfires, boating and swimming,” said Lake County Public Safety Chief John Jolliff. “We encourage citizens to use the following practices to ensure safety is part of the weekend’s festivities.”
• While using gas or charcoal grills, keep an eye out for sparks and never leave a fire unattended.
• Keep water nearby any fire and when putting a campfire out, pour water over it and stir until it is cold.
• Dispose of charcoal by dunking pieces in water and placing them into a metal container.
• When using a grill, be sure to clean it to remove any grease or dust and check for gas leaks.
• Grill outside only, and never in or near a home, garage, porch, or other enclosed space.
• Be aware that cars, ATVs and even lawnmowers running on dry grass can cause accidental ignition.
• Always supervise children while swimming.
• Have life jackets onboard boats, monitor the weather and have a designated unimpaired operator.
Lake County Fire Rescue will also have a presence this weekend alongside the Lake County Sheriff’s Office as they patrol the St. Johns River.
For more information about Lake County Fire Rescue’s operations, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/firerescue, follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFireRescue, or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lakefirePIO.
MEDIA: For questions about active calls and incidents related to Lake County Fire Rescue, contact Lake County Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Chief Jack Fillman at 352-343-9458.