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Headquarters Station - 816 E. Haley St. Midland, MI 48640  Phone:989-837-3410  Email: ccoughli@midland-mi.org

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Summer Safety Tips

During the summer months, many families leave the comfort of their homes to travel around our great state or visit different parts of the country. For many this will mean spending time in unfamiliar surroundings, and/or being outdoors more than usual. Check out these great tips and websites for more information on how to stay safe in the heat of summer.

Summertime First Aid Basics

Video on tips for combatting bee stings, sunburns, campfire burns, and heat emergencies during the heat of the summer season. (Windows Media Player 9 and a broadband connection to the Internet required to view video.)

Hotel Fire Safety

Not many of us tend to think about fire safety when using hotels, but we should. Information that should be on every vacationerís mind can be found at www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/all_citizens/hotel.shtm.

Travelers can also check for hotels that have been listed as ďfire safeĒ at www.usfa.dhs.gov/applications/hotel/.

The Midland Fire Department would like you to remember these tips as you travel:

  • When making reservations, ask if the hotel or motel is equipped with smoke detectors and fire sprinklers.
  • Always pack a flashlight, wherever you go.
  • When you first get to your room, read the fire evacuation plan carefully. If there is not one in your room, ask the front desk for one.
  • Using the fire evacuation plan, locate the two closest exits from your room.
  • Be aware of the distance from your room to these exits. Count doors; this will help orientate you in an emergency.
  • Make note of where the fire alarms are on your floor.
  • Never smoke in bed.

What to do if fire breaks out:

  • If a fire occurs in your room, get out quickly. Close the door, sound the alarm, and notify hotel staff.
  • Use the stairway; under no circumstances should you use the elevator.  Elevators could suddenly become inoperable or open on the fire floor.
  • If the fire is not in your room, leave only if it is safe to do so. Take your room key. If fire blocks your way out, you may need to re-enter your room.
  • Before opening your door, check the handle with the back of your hand. If the handle is hot, donít open the door. If it is cool, open the door slowly and be ready to close it quickly. Crawl low if smoke is present, going to the nearest exit. The freshest air is near the floor.
  • If the door is hot, again donít open it. Instead, seal the door with wet towels or sheets. Turn off fans and air conditioners. Call the fire department and give them your location.
  • Have an emergency bag ready containing important items like wallet, passport, house keys, a spare set of clothes, and that all-important flashlight.
  • After reaching the exit, hold on to the handrail to protect you from being knocked down by panicking occupants.
  • If fire or smoke is too dense at lower levels, turn around and walk up to clearer air.

Camping/Cabins

Campfire Safety:  The family camping trip is one of the most memorable events Americans undertake each summer. And what would a camping trip be without a camp fire? It is important to follow the parkís rules for the use and extinguishing of campfires.

  • Build campfires where they will not spread, away from dry grass and leaves.
  • Keep campfires small, and donít let them get out of hand.
  • Keep plenty of water and a shovel on hand to douse the fire when you are done. Stir it and douse it again with water.
  • Never leave campfires unattended.
  • Build your fire downwind and far away from you tent or camper.

Learn more about being safe during your adventure to the great outdoors, at www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/all_citizens/home_fire_prev/wildfire.

General Summer Safety Tips

Review summer safety tips by visiting www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/all_citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/summer.shtm for information on having a safe and enjoyable summer. They can also check out what to do when should they experience the wrath of a tornado at www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/all_citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/tornado.shtm.