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Preventing Summer Fires

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Thanks to the dry heat of summer and fun summer activities like campfires, people are at a slightly increased risk of fire-related injuries and deaths throughout the season. While fires are incredibly dangerous and should be always taken seriously, there are many simple ways that you can protect your home and family from suffering from the aftermath of a summer fire. Here are our best tips for preventing summer fires.

If your home is damaged by fire, We can help you make things right again.  If you need us after the fire has done its nasty work, call SERVPRO of Washington County at 423-434-0046.

Our Best Campfire Safety Tips

These fire tips should be explained to everyone gathering around the fire, whether they are six or sixty.

  • Always follow the rules for the site you are camping at when it comes to lighting fires, extinguishing fires, and monitoring fires.
  • If a piece of clothing catches on fire, practice stop, drop, and roll.
  • Examine your surroundings when you are planning on starting a campfire. Choose an area where it will not spread. Stay away from dry leaves, grassy areas, or tree branches that are hanging overhead.
  • Don’t store any lighter fluid or flammable liquids near your campfire, as stray flames can ignite them.
  • Keep campfires away from any place you are sleeping including your home and your tent. Campfires should always be lit downwind from the tent. When choosing a tent, if you frequently make campfires, always choose one with flame-retardant materials.
  • Never build large campfires or bonfires, even if they seem cooler when posted on social media.
  • Always have one person stay with the campfire at all times while it was lit. Going to bed? Put it out!
  • Always keep plenty of water and a shovel near your campfire to use in an emergency. Never light a campfire if you don’t already have a method of extinguishing it laid out and ready to go.

Our Best Fireworks Safety Tips

Fireworks are a ton of fun, but also a major safety hazard during the summer months.

  • Only use legal fireworks.
  • Always read the instructions on each firework before using.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Don’t light fireworks on or near dry grass.
  • Never wear loose-fitting clothes when handling fireworks.

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