Fire Safety Tips for Summer

Amid backyard barbecues and picnics, there are some summertime safety hazards all homeowners can take steps to mitigate. Warmer weather brings an increased risk of fire in and around the home, but with these safety tips, you can stay prepared.

Keep a Fire Extinguisher in the Home

All homes should have at least one fire extinguisher that is easy to access in case of an emergency. During the summer months, it is helpful to keep a fire extinguisher where it can easily be accessed to address outdoor brush fires. The kitchen is the ideal place to keep a fire extinguisher since cooking is one of the most significant fire hazards around the home.

Avoid At-Home Fireworks Displays

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety, an average of 200 people visit the emergency room as a result of July 4th-related activities. Safety experts recommend avoiding home fireworks displays altogether since the risk of fire and injury is so high.

Store Flammable Gear Carefully

Flammable items such as lighter fluid should be stored well away from fire pits and other areas near electrical devices or open flame. This is especially important during the summer months, when bottles of lighter fluid are often left around during barbecues and grilling sessions.

Never Leave a Fire Unattended

From a small scented candle to a grill, it is important to remember never to leave flames unattended for even a short period of time. This is true of hot stoves, ovens and fireplaces throughout the year as well. While many people are cautious of the fire hazard posed by faulty wiring in Christmas decorations or old appliances, many homeowners make the mistake of leaving gas grills or other outdoor fire hazards unattended during the summer. A fire can spread rapidly in a matter of seconds, so supervision is the key to summer safety around the home.

Monitor Outdoor Wiring

From garden party lights to pool equipment, any electrical appliance or device that is left plugged in can malfunction, leading to a fire. Make a habit of checking to ensure that all of your outdoor wiring is properly stored and turned off before going to bed or leaving the house.

Keep Brush and Yard Clutter to a Minimum

Brush fires are especially common during the hottest months of the summer, but they are always easily prevented. Check with your local sanitation department to find out the proper procedure for getting rid of yard waste to avoid unsightly brush piles that can turn into a major fire hazard. The closer piles of wood and brush are to the structure of the house, the easier it is for a fire to spread. If a fire breaks out in or near your home, call Leaders in Disaster Restoration today at (888) 874-7066 for information on what to do after a house fire Janesville residents can trust.
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