Summer fire safety tips

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Summertime is here and it is time once again to celebrate all the wonderful freedoms we enjoy in America. Many of you will be camping, grilling, or just plain having fun in the outdoors. Here are some tips to help guarantee a safe and happy summer.

BARBEQUE
-When using barbecue grills on decks or patios, be sure to leave sufficient space from siding and eaves.
- Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
- Keep children and pets far away from grills.
- With charcoal grills, only use charcoal starter fluids designed for barbecue grills and do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
- With gas grills, be sure that the hose connection is tight and check hoses carefully for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
- Never use gasoline to start or maintain an outdoor cooking fire. 

CAMPING SAFETY
- Always use a flame retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire.
- Only use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns inside the tent or any other closed space, not liquid-filled heaters or lanterns.
- Always build your campfire down wind away from your tent.
- Clear all vegetation and dig a pit surrounded by rocks before building your campfire. 
- Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire. 

Finally, remember that alcohol and fire do not mix. Alcohol impairs judgment which often leads to preventable burn injuries. Please do not drink while around campfires, fireworks, or outdoor cooking appliances. Have a great summer, have fun and be safe!