Sunday cartoon: Kids three feet grill safety zone

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BURRILLVILLE – Grilling and open fires season is kicking into high gear and you can smell burgers, hot dogs, steaks, chicken and spare ribs on backyard grills almost everywhere you travel across the area around dinner time.

Anyone with little kids can utilize this week’s Sunday feature, and sit down and discuss barbecue grills, outside fireplaces and open fire pits safety while coloring in this Fearless Dino Protector Squad fire safety and burn prevention coloring cartoon. The safest place and distance for children is to remain at least three feet away from these fire hazards in your yards. Another very important fire safety and burn prevention message is to never barbecue on a grill set up on porches, inside sheds or under low standing shade umbrellas and gazebos. Keep all grills away from structures of any kind and never, ever, leave grills unattended for any reason whatsoever while in use.

Another safety idea to help prevent burns and open fires is to always have a fire extinguisher in a designated spot for easy access in case a fire should happen to become out-of-control, or if flames and sparks travel to nearby areas that may subsequently catch on fire. Quick action can not only save property and structures, it can also help save someone’s life. Clothes can easily catch on fire if someone is not paying attention and stands too close to any barbecue grills or open fires in your yards. Always use caution around fires and never leave children unattended or alone for even a moment. Kids can often copy and emulate what they see and watch adults do around fires and could do the same exact things themselves. Young kids are often watching when you flip food on grills or add wood to an open fire pit. If you leave them alone and unattended, there is a strong possibility that while you are away, even for a moment, a child will copy your actions, putting them in harm’s way.

We have a few more months for grilling and open fires in this region, so please remember to always be fire safe, and help prevent property and structure damage and loss, while keeping kids fire safe and preventing unintended burns. Please share this content with other families and any community groups or organizations in your area this summer. Watch for more summer safety kids coloring cartoons and feature articles over the next few months related to fire safety and burn prevention featuring the Fearless Dino Protector Squad firefighting, fire safety and burn prevention dinosaurs and Dino-Puppy 911.

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