Incirlik Summer Safety: Grilling and Lightning

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  • By Staff Sgt. Eboni Reams
  • 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
A week-deep into summer, and a few holidays coming up, the 39th Air Base Wing Safety Office reminds Airmen about a few safety tips to help enjoy summer celebrations safely.

Grilling with family and friends is a common way to pass time during the warm months of the year. Grill fires in July are at their peak according the National Fire Protection Association. Thunder and lightning are also common. The following safety tips can help eliminate risks with both of these activities:

Grilling Safety:

- Propane and charcoal barbeque grills should only be used outdoors

- The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches

- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area

- Keep the grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill

- Never leave the grill unattended

- Always make sure the gas grill lid is open before lighting it

Lightning Safety:

- If people hear thunder, they are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard topped vehicle right away

- Do not go under trees for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm

- Wait at least 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder before leaving your shelter

- Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches

- Places with only a roof are not safe during a lightning storm

- If a person is struck by lightning call 112 for medical help

For more information about safety related topics, contact the safety office at 676-7233.