The weather is heating up and summer is on its way. Barbecue grills will be used to cook some delicious summer recipes. Time will be spent outside and maybe at the beach or in the pool. You might even find yourself enjoying a day out on a boat. When not outside, you’ll be using you’re A/C unit more often to cool your home. Whatever you plan to do during the warmer months, please keep fire safety and personal safety in mind.
Grilling is a popular way to cook and it requires some extra precautions to make sure it is done safely. Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors, not under a covered porch. Make sure the grill is placed away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Keep children and pets at least three (3) feet away from the grill. Check your grill for fat and grease build up and clean it if necessary. As with all cooking methods, never leave your grill unattended and have an extinguisher or water source nearby.
Swimming is an excellent summer activity and a great way to cool off while having fun. Be sure to bring a friend along as swimming alone is never a good idea. While swimming in areas that have lifeguards on duty is the most optimal situation it’s not always the case. When no lifeguard is on duty, the buddy system should always be used to keep an eye on one another. Children should also always be supervised by a vigilant adult when participating in water activities.
Please use caution when around a body of water and never dive in head-first.
The Auburndale Fire Department is a full service public safety division in charge of responding to medical emergencies, preventing fires, fighting fires, and promoting fire safety. The Department was originally established as a volunteer department in 1915 and has evolved to where it is today. The administration includes Fire Chief Brian Bradway, Deputy Chief David Cash, Fire Marshal Scott Finley and Training Safety Officer Bo Naecker.
Being aware of the causes of a fire and preparing for the event of one is important to securing your life, your family, and your property. That’s why our firefighters are involved in the community and actively seek opportunities to engage with the public. The Auburndale Fire Department hopes to stop fires before they have a chance to start by educating the public, helping to distribute smoke alarms, and increasing awareness.
Fire Prevention Week
Each year, we invite local schools and organizations to visit our Auburndale Fire Department. During their visit, young students and adults get to meet our firefighters and learn about fire safety. We plan tours of our facilities, demonstrations of effective fire safety practices, and hands-on experiences such as escaping a house fire in our tiny home simulation.
The Department has a dedicated fire inspector, who visits and inspects buildings and other structures to search for fire hazards and to ensure that federal, state, and local fire codes are met. The fire inspector also tests and inspects fire protection and fire extinguishing equipment to ensure that it works.