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Important Fire Safety For Summer

5/22/2024 (Permalink)

Residential home in flames Practicing fire safety this summer could save you from a load of trouble

As the weather gets warmer, the risk for wildfires and house fires increases due to dry weather conditions and the boost of outdoor activities. While summer calls for fun in the sun, it’s important to brush up on some safety tips to decrease your chance of facing a fire while you enjoy the season. 

The U.S. Fire Administration provides these helpful tips on fire safety this summer:

Grill Fire Safety

  • Only use the grill outdoors  
  • Keep a 3-foot zone around your grill to keep kids and pets safe
  • Place the grill far away from siding and deck railings as well as branches
  • Open your gas grill before you light it
  • Always keep an eye on your grill, never walk away from it when it is lit
  • Clean your grill after each use to remove fire-provoking grease build-up
  • Place the coals from your grill in a metal can with a lid after cooled
  • Do NOT store or use grill on a porch or balcony

Fire Pits, Campfires, Outdoor Fireplaces, and Chimney Tips

  • Build campfires at least 25-feet away from anything that can burn such as tents, shrubs, or tree branches
  • Use outdoor fireplaces, chimneys, and fire pits at least 10-feet away from your home and anything that can burn
  • Keep a close eye on children and pets when using the fire pit
  • Use a metal screen over wood-burning fires to contain sparks that try to fly out 
  • Put out or turn off fires before you leave the scene
  • Store matches and lighters in a safe and secure spot

Firework Safety

  • It is advised to avoid use of fireworks completely
  • If you want to see fireworks,  go to a public show 

Along with these safety tips provided by the U.S. Fire Administration, it’s also important to be aware of electrical hazards that could cause a fire at any moment. To avoid electrical fires you should:

  • Inspect any plugs, cords, and appliances for damage before using them
  • Avoid overworking outlets and extension cords
  • Turn off and unplug electrical devices when not in use 

Stay Prepared

As the summer months approach, it’s important to ensure you have an emergency plan in place should you experience a fire. By following the safety tips above and brushing up on your emergency plan, you can reduce the risk of experiencing a fire during the heat of the upcoming summer months. 

If you do happen to face a fire this summer, contact SERVPRO of Moore for an immediate response. Our team of certified technicians are available 24/7 to assist you when disaster strikes to get your home or business back to its preloss condition “Like it never even happened.”

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