Suffield Fire Department Incident Report May 2023

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Structure Fire4
Mobile property (vehicle) fire2
Natural vegetation fire3
Medical assist1
EMS incident4
Water or ice-related rescue2
Rescue or EMS standby7
Electrical wiring/equipment problem2
Accident/potential accident3
Person in distress1
Animal problem or rescue2
Public service assistance1
Unauthorized burning6
Cover assignment, standby at fire station, move-up1
Steam, other gas mistaken for smoke3
HazMat release investigation w/no HazMat1
False alarm and false call, other1
System or detector malfunction1
Unintentional system/detector operation (no fire)15
Citizen complaint1
Total                                     62

Captain’s Corner: Outdoor Grilling Safety

Outdoor year-round grilling has become extremely popular. However, a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. Grills can be very hot and cause fire and burn injuries. Statistically, children under the age of five account for approximately 46% of contact-type burns from grills per year. Annually, July is the peak month for grill fires.

Consider the following:
• Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors.
• Grills should be placed well away from the home, deck railings, and out from the eaves and overhanging branches.
• Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill area.
• Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
• If you use starter fluid for charcoal grills, use only charcoal starter fluid.
• Never leave your grill unattended.

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