Summer safety tips from Mooresville Fire Marshal Geoff Woolard



Summertime fun in July typically makes people think of being outdoors, watching fireworks, and grilling their favorite meals with family.

However, residents should be cautious while enjoying warm weather activities, because a fun afternoon can quickly lead to a fire or injuries, if the proper precautions aren’t taken.

Mooresville Fire-Rescue’s Fire Marshal, Geoff Woolard, had a few tips to keep you and your family safe.

“I want to remind residents that any firework that leaves the ground is illegal in North Carolina,” he said. “The ones that are still legal here, like sparklers, you still need to be careful with. I don’t think most people know that sparklers will get to temperatures upwards of 1,200 degrees, which can melt glass. I don’t want to dampen anyone’s family fun, but you need to be aware of the danger.”

If residents are caught using illegal fireworks they will be confiscated, and the Mooresville Police Department can cite residents, as setting off illegal fireworks is a misdemeanor. There has been a history of fires in Mooresville on July 3 and 4 due to illegal fireworks.

When it comes to grilling, the biggest thing is maintaining a proper distance from your house or outdoor structures.
“A lot of people like to grill even in the rain, so they pull their grill close to the house so they can be under an overhang,” he said. “Grills need to be at least 10 feet away from the exterior of a house and not under an overhang.”

Ashes and coals need to be carefully disposed of, letting everything cool overnight before disposal so there are no hot embers. Additionally, before using a propane or gas grill, Woolard recommends checking hoses to ensure a tight connection and being careful when you light or turn on the gas for a grill.

“Make sure the grill lid is open so that gas does not build up,” he said.

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Author: Niakeya James