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Summer safety tips

Jun 09, 2016 09:36AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

The warm days of summer are upon us and people are getting ready for fun activities like barbecues, family gatherings, and summer holidays. The Westmont Fire Department hopes everyone has a fun and SAFE summer by offering these safety tips;


During the summer season, cooking fires are one of the leading causes of damage to residential structures and burn injuries. Position barbecues well away from houses and combustible structures. Do not place your barbecue directly next to siding, deck railings, extended eaves, or below overhanging branches. NEVER leave barbecues unattended or allow children to play nearby.

Fire pits and bonfires

Westmont ordinances set limits and restrictions on bonfires and fire pits. Please contact the Westmont Fire Prevention Bureau before erecting a bonfire or using a fire pit.

Fireworks and sparklers

Fireworks and sparklers account for thousands of injuries every year in the U.S. The Westmont Fire Department recommends that fireworks be left to the professionals and consumer grade fireworks not ever be used. Sparklers may seem harmless, but they burn at nearly 2000 degrees F. Please do not allow children to play with sparklers.

Stay cool

Never leave children or pets unattended in automobiles during summer months. The inside of an automobile can reach temperatures over 150 degrees on warm days. Every year, children and pets die as a result of heat stroke from being left in a vehicle unattended.

Please contact the Fire Department at 630-981-6400 for additional summer safety info. Have a fun and SAFE summer!