5 Fire Safety Tips for Your Summer!

Summer weather means it’s time for BBQ, Fourth of July fireworks, and all kinds of campfire fun. It’s the season to enjoy a bonfire with family and friends, or roast marshmallows in the backyard fire pit. But while you are having fun around the fire, it is also important to take steps to be sure that everyone is safe. By following some simple fire protection guidelines, you can protect your loved ones, your home, and the nature around you.

Here are 5 summer fire safety tips:

1. Keep a bucket of useful water

If an ember floats out of your fire pit, or a log falls out of your chimney and sets something on fire, you do not want to waste time bumping into a way to put out the fire. Having a bucket of water near you is a great first response tool to keep a fire under control.

2. Fire safety

Fireworks are a fun part of the summer season, but lighting your own fireworks can be dangerous. It is always safer to go to a professional fireworks display, rather than setting them yourself. But if you decide to make fireworks yourself, follow these tips for fireworks safety:

  • Make sure children and pets are away from fireworks. Sparklers and pinwheels may seem low-risk, but the reality is that there are no fireworks safe enough for children to use without adult supervision.
  • Again, keep some water nearby in case something goes wrong
  • Light fireworks away from home and other flammable objects.
  • Never light fireworks in a glass bottle.
  • Throw fireworks that did not work in a bucket of water, do not try to light them again.

3. Grill safety

According to the NFPA, July is the time when most grill accidents occur. Take some safety tips while using your grill:

  • Make sure the grill is located away from your home or any building. Keep it away from the deck railing, and move it from under the eaves or overhangs.
  • Never leave it unattended.
  • Do not allow Barbecue fat to accumulate. On both coal and gas grills, bumps can accumulate over time, so it is important to keep it clean to prevent accidental fat fires.

4. Campfire safety

A cold summer night and a warm campfire often go hand in hand. If you build a campfire or wildfire, be careful:

  • Do not run near a fire.
  • Lighter fluid, gasoline, and other flammable liquids away from fire.
  • Always keep an eye on children and pets around a fire.
  • Do not leave a campfire unattended.
  • Choose smaller fires. Although a large burning flame can be impressive, they are often unsafe and can be dangerous to those around.
  • When setting up a campfire, make sure there is no charcoal residue. Use water to absorb the ash.
  • Check the surrounding areas. Deck railings, dry grass, hanging branches, or that pile of dry wood, and recycling sitting in the back corner of your yard are very flammable. If you are camping, clean the area immediately around the BBQ or your fireplace to make sure there is no cleaning or brush nearby that can ignite if a spark falls on it.

5. Put out the flames

While it may seem romantic to fall asleep in front of a campfire, you really should throw water or sand over those embers before catching some shut-eye. The same goes for the BBQ – close your propane valve and unit lid, as well as each vent on a charcoal grill once you are done. Supervised BBQs can easily be blown away. Wind can pick up and hold coals and embers from that campfire, throwing them where they can ignite dry grass, branches, trees, or planks on the deck.

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