Scooter, bike and
bikes, in-line skates and skateboards are associated with numerous injuries
- Wear a comfortable, properly fitted helmet bearing the
label of an independent testing lab. Be sure that the helmet sits level on
top of the head–not rocking in any direction–and always fasten the
- Be sure that safety gear (wrist, elbow and kneepads)
fits properly and does not interfere with the rider's movement, vision or
hearing. Wrist pads are not recommended for scooter riders as they may
affect their ability to maneuver.
- Ride scooters and bikes only on smooth, paved surfaces
and only ride during daylight hours.
- Learn the proper hand signals and use them when you turn
- Come to a complete stop before entering driveways, paths
or sidewalks, then look left, right and left again for bikes, cars or
pedestrians heading your way.
- Teach crossing safety to children by example
Beware when you
barbecue. In 1998 alone, there were 6,100 reported home fires involving gas or
charcoal grills in the U.S., leading to $29.1 million in direct property damage,
according to NFPA.
- When using barbecue grills on decks or patios, be sure
to leave sufficient space from siding and eaves.
- In Massachusetts
LP-gas grills are not permitted inside or on balconies above the first floor
of any building where people live.
- 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.
- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and have
the grill repaired by a
professional, if necessary.
- Use only charcoal
lighter fluid to start charcoal grills. Once the coals have been ignited , never
add more lighter fluid to the fire--flames may travel up the stream of
lighter fluid resulting in serious burns.
caution should be used when around water, for children and adults.
- Only swim in approved areas.
- Always supervise children near water at all times and
make sure that children learn to swim.
- Check the depth of the water with a lifeguard before
- Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD (personal
floatation device) when boating, jet-skiing, tubing or water-skiing.
Air-filled swimming aids, like water wings or inner tubes, are not
substitutes for approved PFDs. An adult should always supervise children
using these devices.
- Be sure to extinguish all smoking materials and shut
down motors, fans and heating devices before fueling a boat. In case of a
spill, wipe up fuel immediately and check the bilge for fuel leakage and
odors. After fueling and before starting the boat's motor, ventilate with
the blower for at least four minutes
- 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
- Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your
tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.
- Always put out a campfire when going to sleep or leaving
the campsite. To extinguish the fire, cover with dirt or pour water over it
are Illegal in Massachusetts
lead to thousands of injuries requiring emergency room treatment, according to
NFPA. These dazzling, but dangerous devices can burn up to 1200 F and can cause
burns, lacerations, amputations and blindness. Stay safe by always leaving
fireworks to professionals.
- Stay back at least 500 feet from professional fireworks
- Treat all fireworks, whether legal or illegal for
consumers, as suitable only for use by trained professionals.
- If you find fireworks, do not touch them but instead
direct authorities to them.
- Leave any area where amateurs are using fireworks.
info compiled from the NFPA
and Lawn Mowers:
Gasoline vapors are highly flammable. They stay
on your clothing and can ignite
if you light a match or
Store gasoline only in approved
containers, outside, or in a building not attached to the house. Never
keep or use gasoline inside the home.
Keep gasoline away from all heat sources such as
smoking materials, pilot lights, campfires and grills.
Never fuel a lawn mower while it is hot. Give it a few
minutes to cool off first.
Keep hands and feet away from the mower while it is
Burn First Aid:
Stop, Drop, and Roll to extinguish a
Cool a burn. For minor burns, run cool water
immediately over the burn.
Seek emergency medical help immediately for more
Use sunscreen to avoid sunburn.
When your car overheats:
Turn off your car and wait at least one-half
hour before attempting to open the radiator
Use a heavy rag or cloth to open the radiator.
Stand back as far as possible. Keep your face
out of the way in case the radiator should rupture!
Opening hot car radiators is one of the leading causes
of burns to young adults. These burns can be prevented with patience and
When your car overheats, or even when it's been running for
a while, pressure builds up inside the radiator. If you open a hot car
radiator, hot steam and liquid can splash on your face and hands causing
painful, disfiguring burns.