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Brought to you by ISU Public Safety and the ISU Safety Committee June, 2004

Summer Fire Safety

If you live in the rural-urban interface, the point where homes meet combustible vegetation, you must increase your role to protect lives and property in your community beyond the city limits.

In 2002, 835 homes were destroyed by wildfire in the United States. Some insurance companies are now requiring homes to have a defensible space. Spring is a good time to clear away dead brush and create a fire-free space around the home.

Tips For Making Your Property Fire Resistant

(Courtesy USFA)

Tips For Campfire Safety

Despite years of public education efforts, campfires are still a major cause of wildfires.

Tips For Fireworks Safety

The following are examples of injuries and fires from legal and illegal fireworks:

A 33-year-old man was setting off mortar style fireworks out of a black plastic pipe while in his backyard. As he leaned over one of the tubes and lit the fuse, the fireworks immediately went off striking him in the face. He was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead from head injuries.

A 6-inch fountain that shot colored fireballs injured a 4-year-old girl. When the fountain tipped over, the victim was struck in the chest by a fireball. She sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns to her chest and neck. She was hospitalized for three weeks for burn treatment and skin grafts.

A 15-year-old male tied together the wires of 10 sparklers. The sparklers ignited quickly and burned down very fast, finally exploding in his hand. The victim sustained a five-inch long laceration to his hand and forearm, exposing muscle. Also, debris from the explosion lodged in his hand and arm. The victim had plastic surgery and has recovered.

July 2003, On the evening of July 4th, a fire destroyed over 100 acres of sagebrush wildlife habitat north of Lake Lowell. The fire appeared to have started when illegal fireworks landed on a hillside thick with dry grasses.

The Black Rock Fire which destroyed 2,050 acres of deer habitat between Pocatello and Inkom was caused by fireworks.

Caution! Road Construction Ahead!

When you see the orange road construction sign, do you automatically slow down, even if you donít actually see the start of the work zone? Many of us donít! In 2001, over 1,000 people were killed and 46,174 were injured as a result of work zone crashes. More than half of these crashes happened on roads with speed limits of 55 mph or greater. Clearly, work zones are a hazard, not only to drivers, but also to the workers. Local motorists present the biggest hazard for work-zone workers. Weíve been driving the same route for years, and we drive from habit. Suddenly, the situation changes, and we often donít have the patience for the delays we encounter.

Be aware of the current road construction going on. You can visit the State's road site or call 1-888-432-7623 for current construction reports. Be patient and flexible when driving in construction zones. (Courtesy Utah Safety Council)

Click it or Ticket !

While national seat belt use stands at 79 percent, we know the remaining 21 percent who donít wear their seat belts are disproportionately teens and young men ages 18-34. And at 69 percent, safety belt use for teens and young adults ages 16-24 continues to lag behind the rest of the population. Itís important to note that this is a daytime number. We know that nighttime belt use is much lower among teens and young adults.

If given a choice between notifying the family of someone killed in a crash where a seat belt could have saved their life, and writing a ticket, police officers will write the ticket every time. So, if you wonít buckle up to save your life, buckle up to avoid a ticket.

Remember, itís Click It or Ticket!

(Courtesy Enforcement Saves Lives)

Last Modified: 07/28/08 at 11:20:30 AM