Fireproofing Your Home for Hot Summer Months

02J79114As any homeowner in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin can attest, the summer months bring relentless heat. Unfortunately, heat stroke is not the only risk of the hot summer months. The blistering summer heat also increases the risk of serious fires. All homeowners should fireproof their home to protect loved ones and their home. Here are a few tips that will help you do just that.

Fireproof Your Patio Furniture

Most homeowners have furniture in the patio so that the entire family can hang out outside comfortably. Usually, the patio furniture is located near a barbecue pit, which means fire and charcoal is close by. You should use a fireproof chemical to make your patio furniture resistant to fire. While this will probably put you out of a few hundred dollars, it can prevent an outdoor fire. If an outdoor fire gets out of control, it can result in thousands of dollars in damage and even injury or death. If you're in the market for patio furniture, you should ask the store or the manufacturer if the furniture has been treated to become resistant to fire. Buy patio furniture that is fire resistant and you won't need to spend hundreds of dollars to apply fireproof chemical.

Keep a Fire Extinguisher Outside

People spend time outside on the patio or at the swimming pool during the summer more than in any other season. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher or two outdoors. This is especially true if your family likes to cook outdoors during the warm summer months. When it comes to putting out an outdoor fire, an extinguisher will be more reliable and dependable than a water hose. Also, you and your family members will have an easier time accessing and using the fire extinguisher during a fire emergency. If you keep a fire extinguisher outside, make sure everyone knows where it is and how to use it.

Dispose of Coals Properly

For many families, it isn't truly summer without at least one good barbecue. If you barbecue with coal, it is important that you dispose of the coals properly to prevent a fire. Ideally, you should allow the coals to cool down overnight. However, if you happen to be in a hurry, you can pour sand or water over the coals to put out any remaining fire. Once the coals are completely cool, you can dispose of them in the garbage.

Keep a Close Eye on Fireworks Activity

Another way you can prevent fires is by keeping a close eye on all fireworks activity, especially during the Fourth of July. If fireworks are permitted where you live, chances are there will be many children and adults wielded with sparklers and Roman candles. Never leave minors unattended when they are handling fireworks. Don't light fireworks indoors or near dry grass. If a firework doesn't go off, don't poke or prod it. While the summer is all about fun in the sun, you also need to take steps to keep you and your loved ones safe. For more information about fireproofing your home for the hot summer months, don't hesitate to contact the Leaders in Disaster Restoration.
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