Now that summer is not far around the corner (hurray!), we’re already starting to participate in our favourite summer activities – going camping, roasting marshmallows, cooking on the grill. Anything that involves being outdoors and coming together to relax. Even though we’re all more than ready to jump right into these summer pastimes, it’s important to remember that they all come with their own fire safety risks. In fact, the USFA (United States Fire Administration) has reported that this is one of the most dangerous times of year for fire-related incidents. In this article, we take a look at our top summer fire safety tips, so you can ensure that you’re keeping yourself and your loved ones safe this summer.
Building a campfire is a favourite summer activity for many. However, there is plenty more to building a campfire than knowing how to light it. It’s not only important to know how to prepare and build the area that will contain your campfire, but you must also know how to put out your fire before starting it.
FireSystems.net tells us more about campfire safety:
“Never leave a campfire lit with no one to attend to it. This means that you should never walk away from the fire and never go to sleep with the fire still going (even smoldering!). Consider designating a person to be in charge of the fire and take turns ensuring the fire is always attended to.”
There’s nothing better on a hot, sunny day than grilling on the BBQ. Being such a popular and seemingly safe summer activity, you may be surprised to know that grill fires result in an average of 10 deaths, 100 injuries, and $37 million in property loss each year.
Steamatic explains how you can help avoid any mishaps with your grill, and ensure you can enjoy this summer favourite all season long:
“It’s important when grilling to wear short sleeves to prevent your clothes from catching on fire. Maintain a safe zone of 3 feet around the grill and remember to regularly remove grease or fat buildup from the trays below. Never leave a grill unattended, no matter what.”
Fireworks are a fun addition to summer festivities and are a great way to celebrate holidays. However, it’s no secret that this can be a dangerous activity, and should only be assumed by those who know what cautionary measures to take.
Fire Safety Tips tells us more about when you need to be concerned about firework safety:
“Truth be told, no firework is safe enough for little kids. Opens in a new tab. to use without the supervision of an adult. It is easy to assume that fireworks like pinwheels and sparklers are low risk and cannot start a fire. But the truth is that under the right condition, these fireworks can start a small fire. Never attempt to re-light fireworks that didn’t work properly the first time you started it. Instead, dump them in a bowl or bucket of water.”
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