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Summer Fire Safety Tips | SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties

6/16/2023 (Permalink)

It’s sweet summertime! We are ready to break out the shorts, the sunscreen and our backyard grills for some fun in the sun and a few BBQ nights with family and friends.

But while the summer season is one for everyone to enjoy, it does come with its own set of risks when it comes to fire.

It is important to stay safe while enjoying your backyard activities so you can avoid any sort of fire accident that could lead to a devastating house or property fire. Read on as our SERVPRO team explains some easy ways to stay safe around fire this summer.

Using Your Equipment Safely

If you haven’t started up your grill for the season yet, now is the time to check it thoroughly for wear and tear or obvious issues. If you have a gas grill, check your propane tanks for leaks and kinks, and be sure your connections are set up safely. In addition, your propane tank should not have any dents in it or leaks either.

Charcoal grills have their own set of rules. Give your grill a good cleaning to remove ash and soot buildup, and set up your grill at least 10 feet away from your house or garage overhang. Smoke and wandering sparks can be a huge fire risk for your house.

Similarly, check your lawn mowers or other outdoor equipment for the same issues like dented tanks, leaks or cracks. Any sort of gas leak could lead to disastrous consequences.

Bonfire Safety

Who doesn’t love a good bonfire on a warm summer’s night? If you have a permanent bonfire pit in your backyard, keep it clean and ensure that grass or dead vegetation is far away from the ring.

Keep your flame under control, and never store your wood pile close by. All it takes is a single windy evening to start your whole pile ablaze.

Portable pits are becoming more popular these days, so if that’s how you enjoy a fire, set it up on a nonflammable surface and never put it in your garage once it is lit. Choose a level surface and don’t let the flames get too high. Once you are done with your fire for the night, ensure that the flame has been completely extinguished and your ashes are cold before heading inside.

Removing Debris Around the House

A hot and dry summer can create wildfire conditions that could affect your home without much warning. Even though you can’t control a wildfire, you can reduce the amount of fuel in your yard. Clean up dried leaves, vegetation and fallen branches, and dispose of them off of your property.

Preventing a house fire is always preferred, but accidents can happen at any time. Thankfully, SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties is here to help with your restoration process! Call us day or night for fire damage assistance from your favorite local restoration team.

House fires can cause widespread damage. Our team can help with your recovery, so call SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties.

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