If you’re anything like the Mr Restore family, you love summertime. The smell of BBQ, baseball games and outdoor activities (aka swimming!) are some of our favorites . However, summer is one of the most dangerous seasons for fire damage, according to the United States Fire Administration. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can protect yourself and others without out have to give up on fun. Here are the summer fire safety hazards to watch out for:
Summer Travel Fire Safety Hazards
Summer is the perfect time to take a road trip or go camping. It’s best to stay aware of fire safety while on your trip.
- Choose a hotel or home rental with a fire sprinkler system and smoke alarms. Also, if available read the fire safety escape route before you go to bed for the night. Most fires occur between 11pm and 7am.
- Always be familiar with the location of the closest exits, whether you're in a hotel, home rental, restaurant or museum.
- Keep your room key by your bed and take it with you if there is a fire.
- If the alarm sounds, leave right away, closing all doors behind you. Use the stairs — never use elevators during a fire.
Grilling Safety Hazards
Summer is all about outdoor grilling. This kind of food preparation, however, can also be hazardous. Research outdoor cooking safety this season.
- Keep your grill away from trees, buildings, and other things that can burn.
- Clean your grill frequently since grease buildup can cause fires.
- Keep your grill away from your home and any structure.
- Don’t add fluid to charcoal grills after the coals are lit. Once the coals are cooled, they should be put in a metal container with a tight lid.
- Make sure the hose connection in gas grills is tight. You should also check the hoses for leaks. Turn off the grill once your food is finished cooking.
- Roll up your sleeves ( literally!) or wear short sleeve shirts when you grill.
Fireworks Safety Hazards
Fireworks are another big safety hazard during the summer. The report from the US Fire Safety Administration states that the peak of summer fires happens over Fourth of July weekend. Read up on fireworks safety tips to have an accident-free celebration.
- Check the firework regulations in your area for bans.
- Never set off fireworks in a banned area.
- Follow all local rules and regulations.
- Properly dispose of all fireworks and other flammable materials.
Campfire Safety Hazards
Its important to educate yourself about campfire safety. It doesn’t matter if you are going to spend the whole summer camping or just toast a couple of marshmallows in the backyard. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
- Always follow the campfire rules. They can differ depending on where you are camping or living. Be sure to check the regulations for your location before building a fire.
- All of your family should know to "Stop, Drop, and Roll.”
- Clear away all greenery from an area before building a campfire. You should also dig a pit where the fire will be and place rocks around it.
- Don’t build large campfires. Small fires are much safer since they are easier to control.
- Never leave a campfire unattended if it is still burning.
- You should know how to extinguish a campfire. You start by dousing it with water. Then, you use a shovel to bury the fire with ash and dirt. Lastly, you douse the area with water again.
By knowing summer fire safety hazards and following tips to remove these hazards, you will be able to enjoy your summer. However, sometimes things happen even when you are careful. If so, give Mr. Restore a call as soon as possible. We will work hard to get your home back to normal faster using the latest technology.