Area Briefing

Gilcrease Avenue is scheduled to remain closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 24 between Fort Apache and Oso Blanca roads due to maintenance of storm drains, the city of Las Vegas said.

Motorists in the residential area are encouraged to follow the detour signs on Oso Blanca, Fort Apache and Farm roads during the closure.

Curbs, gutters and sidewalks will be repaired, and storm drains will be cleared and repaired where needed. Also, landscaping and streetlights will be installed.

Hat Development is performing the work with developer funds as part of completing the Tapestry development on the south side of Gilcrease Avenue in this location.

Emergency preparedness fair planned

The Southern Nevada Health District plans to host a free emergency preparedness fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.

Participants will receive free kits to equip them in times of disaster.

For more information, call 507-3459.

Safe grilling urged during high-risk months of June and July

The National Fire Protection Association reminds residents to be particularly careful when grilling during June and July — the peak months for grilling fires.

Gas grills constitute a higher risk, having been involved in an annual average of 6,200 home fires in 2004-08, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average of 1,300 home fires, according to the association.

The NFPA offers the following grilling safety tips:

n Use propane and charcoal grills only outside the home — never use them indoors.

n Make sure the grill is positioned well away from the home and/or deck railings and that it is not underneath any eaves or overhanging branches. It also should be far from any lawn games, play areas or foot traffic.

n Establish a child- and pet-free zone around the grill of at least 3 feet.

n Use grilling tools that have long handles, which allows more clearance from the flames.

n Remember to clean fat and grease off the grill and from trays underneath it regularly in order to reduce the risk of it igniting.

n Never leave the grill unattended.

Gas grills:

n Before using the grill for the first time each year, check the gas tank hose for leaks. To do this, apply a light soap-and-water solution to the hose and turn the tank on. If the hose releases bubbles, this indicates a propane leak. If you find a leak, turn the gas tank off. If the leak stops, bring your grill to a professional to be serviced before further use. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.

n Use only equipment bearing the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Use the manufacturer’s instructions regarding assembly, use and proper care of the grill.

n If you smell gas while using the grill, get away from it immediately and call the fire department.

n Do not store propane tanks in houses or garages. If storing your grill indoors during the winter, disconnect the cylinder and leave it outside.

Charcoal grills:

n If using a charcoal chimney to light charcoal for grilling, use a long match to avoid burning your fingers while lighting the paper.

n Never add starter fluid to coals or kindling that have already been ignited, and use only charcoal starter fluid. Never use gasoline or any other flammable liquid.

n Keep charcoal fluid away from heat sources and out of reach of children.

n When finished grilling, wait for the coals to cool completely and then dispose of them in a metal container.

In 2009, roughly 17,700 patients went to emergency rooms because of injuries incurred by grill usage. Of about 9,400 thermal burns, children younger than 5 made up about one-quarter. These occurred most often when children touched or bumped the grill.

For gas grill injuries, about one-third were burns that stemmed from lighting the grill, while gasoline or lighter fluid was a factor in about a quarter of charcoal- or wood-burning grill burns.

For more safety tips, videos, facts and figures, and audio clips, visit nfpa.org/grilling.

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