As summer approaches, many parts of the United States will see sunny, warmer days; yet, this is still not the right time for homeowners to stop taking precautions against fire.
The summer is full of opportunity for enjoyment, but it is also a time when tragic fires can start. The season is one in which homeowners need be watchful to prevent expensive damage and insurance claims, from campfires to portable barbecues, lightning to fireworks.
Every day is an opportunity to be more prepared, according to ServiceMaster DSI. In the upcoming months, you should be aware of seven different sorts of fire hazards. To avoid summertime fire mishaps, put the following fire safety advice into practice.
- Campfire, Bonfire & Fire Pit Safety - check the wind conditions so sparks do not blow, start a fire in an open area, extinguish the flames fully when you are done before leaving the area.
- Grilling Safety - check for leaks before using and use in the open
- Severe Weather & Fire - lightening could lead to fires so take cover if storms are coming
- Electrical Hazards - Poorly maintained portable generators; appliances exposed to water; debris near severed electrical wires and transformers; damaged or downed utility lines; and exposed electrical outlets and wiring. Prepare your home before severe weather hits and maintain caution if these issues arise in the wake of storm damage.
- Fireworks Safety - obey fireworks laws, read the cautions on the labels, light one at a time, do not re-light a dud, use a bucket of water for the firework wicks, and put used damp fireworks in a clean trashcan.
- Flammables & the heat - The best place to store highly flammable liquids such as gasoline is in a well-ventilated area away from the house.
Be safe and have fun!