How to Transition into Summer, Fire Hazard Free.
With Summer approaching, and the loosening of COVID restrictions, many of us are looking forward to joining with family and friends to enjoy the outdoors this summer. Camping, bonfires and cookouts are some of the most beloved American summer pastimes - they’re also some of the biggest causes of fire damage in the Summer months.
The great news is that being mindful of a few fire safety tips can easily help you avoid any disasters while you enjoy the season.
Any party really takes off around the grill. We all love good food and great company, but in the midst of all this, it can be easy to lost focus on safety. Make sure the person responsible for the grill, and maybe a back up helper, familiarize themselves with these grill safety tips, to make sure your cookout doesn’t end in burn out.
- Keep the grill in an open are that’s well ventilated and away from trees, shrubs, and other combustible structures like your home.
- Avoid loose fitting clothes and tie back long hair that may hang down over the open flames.
- Check all fuel connections between the gas tank and grill before starting it, if your grill runs on gas.
- If you have a charcoal grill, don’t use too much lighter fluid to start the fire and never add fluid once it’s lit.
- Ensure the grill is never unattended, and keep children and pets at a safe distance.
- Thoroughly clean the grill and utensils before and after using them.
- Never dispose of used charcoal until it has cooled completely.
Whether it’s a fire at your campsite or a bonfire under the summer stars, everyone is bound to have fun. Regardless of the type of fire, remember to practice a few safety tips to make sure your evening stays fun and safe.
- If you’re having a fire in a public setting, follow the rules and guidelines of that park or campgrounds for fires.
- Choose a safe location away from tents, trees, gazebos, and other structures that could catch fire, and be sure to build your fire in a pit to prevent unwanted spreading.
- Avoid using lighter fluid to start the fire, and do not leave it unattended.
- Plan how you will extinguish the fire before starting it. You can do this water or by shoveling dirt over the flames.
The Fourth of July is one of our favorite Summer holidays, and a great excuse to flex that firework game! Despite our love of the Holiday and the festivities, sadly thousands of Americans suffer from fire damage, both to their properties and themselves. Don’t become a statistic this summer, follow these simple firework safety tips to be the star of the show, and of safety.
- Choose fireworks that are legal. Be sure to follow all directions and warning labels when lighting them.
- Supervise all children around fireworks. The highest demographic for being injured by fireworks is boys, fourteen and under.
- Choose a safe location outside, away from your home, garage, shed, family, or grass to light the fireworks.
- If a firework fails after lighting it, dump water on it and dispose of it safely.
Your friends at SERVPRO Mesquite want you to enjoy your summer, and we hope you never need us for fire restoration. Our experts have provided this advice, and also recommend staying in compliance with your local codes, ordinances and burn bans, to protect yourself and your property from fire damage.
If the worst happens, our professionals are ready 24/7 to assist you quickly, and to the highest standard, when it matters most.
Fire and smoke damage is a serious business, and also seriously stressful. Our expert technicians are trained to deal with damage efficiently and correctly to prevent the spread, remove smoke odor, preserve structural integrity and restore your home or building to safety.
If you’re affected by Fire Damage this summer, SERVPRO Mesquite is ready to help.