For most people, summer is a season for fun, family, and friends. The staff here at RestorePro Inc enjoys the warm months. For some, however, it is also a season of fire. Summer is, in fact, a peak time for injuries and deaths related to fires. Many of these result from bonfires or campfires that get out of hand, accidents while cooking outdoors, and fireworks.
Campfires and bonfires are an important tradition for many people. Family and friends gathered around a crackling fire, toasting marshmallows or cooking hot dogs, is a fond memory for many of us. It can be a great way to connect and bond. However, it can also be dangerous if you don’t follow basic safety tips.
- Always build the smallest fire possible for your purpose. While a large fire might look cool, it can easily get out of control.
- If they are available, use a fire ring or portable fire pit. If neither of these are available, then create a safe place by digging a hole and clearing the surroundings of vegetation, then surrounding it with rocks. This prevents stray sparks from igniting a blaze.
- Don’t build a fire too close to your home. Make sure it is several yards away from any building or other flammable items.
Cookouts and barbecues are another popular tradition. It can be great fun to grill outdoors while family and friends enjoy the warm weather. It’s important to remember, though, that there are also dangers associated with cooking outdoors. Some basic precautions can keep everyone safe while they have fun.
- Never use outdoor cooking equipment inside. Many use fuels that release fumes that can be dangerous without adequate ventilation. Others can give off excessive heat, damage materials inside the home and possibly start fires.
- Don’t store starter fluid or lighter fluid need a grill or other source of flame. They can accidentally ignite.
- Do not change or fill fuel tanks near a grill that is in operation.
Fireworks are another fun activity that play a big role in many people’s celebrations. They are strongly connected to many summer holidays such as Independence Day and Memorial Day. Unfortunately, fireworks cause injuries and fires every year.
- Only use fireworks that are legal and intended for home use. Those designed for professional displays may need additional clearance space and be more dangerous.
- Keep children and pets a safe distance away. Make sure they are well supervised.
- Many celebrations that involve fireworks also include alcohol. It is important that whoever is handling them is not impaired.
Since 1997, the team at RestorePro Inc has been helping local home and business owners whose property has been damaged by water, mold, and fire. We have handled many fire damage restoration projects that started because of a little bit of carelessness during what was intended to be a fun gathering or holiday celebration. Please let our safety tips keep you and your home safe this summer season. If you do experience a fire, call us at 1-800-847-0114 and our experts are always available.