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Beat the Heat and Stay Fire-Safe: A Summer Survival Guide from the Guilford Fire Department


Greetings, residents of Guilford, CT! As the sun shines brighter and the temperatures soar, we at the Guilford Fire Department want to make sure you have a sizzling summer while keeping fire safety in mind. Fear not, dear citizens, for we're here to sprinkle some humor into our essential tips for a scorching season.


1. Grill Like a Champ, Not a Chump:

Summer and grilling go together like flip-flops and sandy beaches. But before you fire up that grill and turn into the "Flame Chef," remember to keep it at a safe distance from flammable objects. We don't want your backyard BBQ

turning into a backyard bonfire, do we? So, aim for those perfectly cooked burgers and sausages without setting the neighborhood hedges ablaze.


2. "Sunny Day, Sweepin' the Clouds Away":

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to channel your inner child and enjoy the great outdoors. But be careful when lighting up that fire pit for marshmallow toasting adventures. Make sure the area around your fire pit is clear of any overhanging branches or fences that could inadvertently ignite. Remember, we want to create lasting memories, not make the evening news as the neighborhood pyromaniac.


3. Fireworks: Leave It to the Pros:

Ah, the magical allure of fireworks! But let's be real, folks – those sparkly wonders are best left to the experts. Instead of trying to create a backyard display that rivals the Fourth of July extravaganza, why not sit back, relax, and enjoy the

marvelous shows organized by professionals? Your eyebrows and garden will thank you, and we won't have to come knocking on your door with an extinguisher.


4. The S'more the Merrier, but Not the Smokier:

Camping trips are synonymous with marshmallow-stuffed s'mores and fireside storytelling. However, ensure your campfire is built in designated areas and never leave it unattended. We all know how tempting it is to wander off into the wilderness with a spooky story and a flashlight, but trust us, you don't want to come back to a flaming campsite that resembles Mount Doom. Leave the fiery adventures for Frodo and his buddies.


5. When Life Gives You Lemons, Don't Make Wildfires:

It's lemonade season! But please, refrain from practicing your fire juggling skills with those lemon-shaped candles. Instead, opt for battery-operated alternatives. They may not provide the same mesmerizing glow, but they also won't turn your table into a firefighter's worst nightmare. Plus, the risk of accidentally mistaking a wax lemon for an actual one and squeezing it into your drink is eliminated. Double win!


Remember, Guilfordians, summer should be filled with laughter, sunshine, and great memories, not fire trucks and singed eyebrows. Keep these fire safety tips in mind, and your summer will be hotter than a July heatwave!


Stay safe, have fun, and let's make this summer the most fire-safe and entertaining one yet!


Disclaimer: The Guilford Fire Department cannot be held responsible for uncontrollable laughter, snorting beverages out of noses, or embarrassing family members with hilarious fire safety anecdotes mentioned above. Please enjoy responsibly and avoid performing comedy routines while operating flammable objects.

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