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Tips for Consumers: Summer safety tips

Tips for Consumers
Summer safety tips

Summer is the time for outdoor fun for children in the Hagerstown area. But safety is important too. Here are some tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to prevent injuries this summer:
* Wear helmets and other safety gear when biking, skating and skateboarding, and also when riding scooters, all-terrain vehicles and horses. Bicycle helmets alone reduce the risk of head injury by 85%.
* Use layers of protection to guard swimming pools. This includes barrier access all around the pool, using door and pool alarms, closely supervising children and being prepared in case of emergency.
* Never bring charcoal grills indoors. Burning charcoal produces deadly carbon monoxide.
* When using a gas grill outdoors, first check the air tubes leading into the burner for blockage from insects, spiders or food grease. Check the hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks. If you ever detect a leak, shut off the gas at the tank quickly.
* Have a home playground? Concrete, asphalt or packed dirt surfaces are too hard. Use at least 9 inches of wood chips or mulch.
* For kids, use the softer-than-standard baseballs, safety-release bases and batting helmets with face guards to reduce baseball injuries.
* Movable soccer goals can fall over and seriously hurt children. Make sure the goals are anchored at all times and never allow climbing on the net, goal framework or crossbar.
* To prevent trampoline injuries, insist only one person at a time and no somersaults. Use a shock-absorb-ing pad that completely covers the springs and place the trampoline away from buildings or other play areas. Kids under 6-years-old should not use full-size trampolines.
* Even hide-and-seek can turn deadly. Children can be trapped inside old cedar chests, latch-type refrigerators, and camper iceboxes. Childproof old appliances and warn children about them.
* Summer yard work can mean dangerous machines. Keep small children out of the yard and never carry them on a riding mower.

To file a complaint visit: or write: BBB, 1414 Key Highway, #100, Baltimore MD 21230. Their office serves Baltimore and all of Greater Maryland.

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