(WUSA9) -- Many of us grill out or go swimming for the Memorial Day holiday, and the Prince George's County Fire Department has released some tips to keep you safe while enjoying these activities.
In Prince George's County, cooking is the number one cause of fires and fire-related injures, say officials. They suggest that you use caution when setting up, using and cleaning your barbecue grill. Here are some quick tips, courtesy of the fire department:
•NEVER use a grill indoors including garages, overhangs and canopies
•Keep your grills at least 30 feet away from any multi-family apartment dwelling -- it's the law!.
•At your single family home, keep the grill 10 feet away from anything combustible - including your house! NEVER place a grill up against your house, wood deck or fence.
•In Prince George's County, all grills are illegal to use on balconies of apartments and condominium apartments -- so don't do it!
•Do not allow children and pets to play near a grill.
•Only use approved ignition fluids - NEVER use gasoline to ignite a grill
•Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose or bucket of sand nearby to douse a grill fire that gets out of control.
•Inspect your grill before you light it to ensure everything is in working order. Make sure all connections on your gas grills are tight and not leaking.
•Charcoal ashes and used briquettes should be disposed of in a metal container and allowed to cool down for up to 48 hours before disposal. Keep the ash container off of your wood deck and away from your house.
Swim safety tips to keep in mind:
•Always watch your children and never leave them unattended. A lack of adult supervision is one of the leading contributing factors to children drowning.
•Do not rely on flotation devices to protect your children from drowning. You must supervise at all times.
•Have a phone nearby in case you need to call 911.
•Have children swim in pairs - use the "buddy system"
•If a child is missing, then check the pool first.
•Teach your child how to swim. Visit www.pgparks.com/aquatics.htm for more information.
•Learn CPR. Visit http://www.redcrossnca.org/ for additional information.
For pool owners and managers:
•Install a fence around the perimeter of the pool.
•Use self closing latches and gates.
•Install a door alarm from the house to the pool area.
•Have life saving equipment nearby such as life rings or reaching poles