Valdosta Fire Department wants you to start thinking about summer safety

VFD Heat Safety

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - With the summer right around the corner, the Valdosta Fire Department wants you to stay safe.

The Valdosta Fire Department wants to ensure that people are doing all you can to stay safe. As of now, temperatures are beginning to rise and with that comes the risk of heat stroke.

Fire officials shared that staying hydrated and keeping your core body temperature at a safe level are some ways to prevent a heat stroke.

Valdosta Fire Marshal James Clinkscales suggests taking breaks when being outside for long periods of time and drinking lots of water.

“So we want to make sure that heat stroke does not occur. It can affect your heart. It can affect your brain, your central nervous system, so we want to make sure that we remain cool, calm, and maybe hydrated throughout this whole summer," said Clinkscales.

They also suggest be cautious when it comes to items that sit outside, like cars and playground equipment, that may retain heat and cause major burns.

The Valdosta Fire Department also suggests never leaving children or animals inside a locked car.

Clinkscales also spoke about grilling safety.

One of the biggest tips they give people to avoid a grilling fire: do not leave your grill unattended.

Clinkscales said it’s also important to keep your grill clean of leftover debris that could start a fire.

“Anything that has been accumulated on the grill can cause a fire, cause it to flare up, and along with burning your food, it can also cause a fire on your deck, your patio, or near your house," said Clinkscales.

Clinkscales said to grill at least 10 feet from your house and never grill indoors.

If you have a gas grill, he suggested checking the gas line hoses for potential leaks.

If you are using a charcoal grill, you should limit your use of lighter fluid.

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