Outdoor Summer Fire Safety Tips
Summer is finally here! And Summer 2021 is going to be a great one, full of getting back together with friends and loved ones we’ve been separated from for over a year.
As we celebrate safely together outside, there will be plenty of activities involving fire, from grilling to fireworks to bonfires.
Fire can get out of hand very quickly, and it is up to you to be smart to avoid any disasters this Summer.
All Dry USA will teach you how to have fun but always make safety a priority.
Before you break out the s’mores and get roasting, make sure you are set up for safety. If you are in a park, follow the local rules and regulations and keep the fire away from your tent. If you have a fire pit raging in your backyard, keep it far from your house or porch.
Keep a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby to douse the fire if need be quickly. Use a shovel to bury the ashes and smother the fire. Remember, oxygen is the fuel for the fire, take that away, and there is nothing left to burn.
Always keep an eye on the campfire if you are out camping. Fully extinguish the fire before you turn in for the evening or leave for a hike.
Practice Stop, Drop, And Roll
You probably remember this mantra from your childhood, but when was the last time you practiced it with your family? Round everyone up and walk them through these three classic steps in the event your clothes catch fire:
- Stop whatever you are doing so as not to fan the flames and give them more oxygen.
- Quickly fall to the ground and cover your face with your hands.
- Roll around in an attempt to smother the flames. If a thick rug is close, wrap yourself in it for more protection.
Grilling is a great way to bring everyone together and share a fresh and delicious meal outside. But cooking over an open flame always requires caution.
Follow FEMA’s rules for grilling at home: keep your grill at least 3 feet away from your home, clean your grill after each use, and do not leave the grill unattended. FEMA also recommends keeping the ground surrounding your grill clear from any dry brush or plants. As a rule of thumb, give yourself a 3-foot radius from anything flammable.
As much as possible, avoid gasoline or lighter fluid when grilling. These flammable materials are hazardous. If you must use them, keep the containers far from any open flame while grilling.
Create An Evacuation Plan
A spark can take hold and become a fire in only seconds. When putting it out on your own is not an option, have an escape plan ready for you and your family.
Consider how to save your pets and create a muster point far away from your home. Practice meeting at this point twice a year, so even young children will be ready if need be.
Pack an emergency bag and leave it by the front door at all times so it is easily accessible without a second thought. Include any prescription medications, a change of clothes, and some money, so you can live outside your home for as long as needed.
Let’s Talk About Fireworks
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to go to your local publicly arranged spectacle. Fireworks are illegal in many states as well, so check your laws before purchasing any.
If you plan on launching fireworks on your own, use extreme caution. No one under 18 should handle fireworks or sparklers as they burn in excess of 2,000 degrees and are unpredictable.
Never lean over a part of a firework and always act as if it has been lit when handling it. Light a single firework at a time and wait for it to go off before loading up another.
Keep a hose or a fire extinguisher ready to go and douse all the fireworks once you are finished.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Fire Safety?
Anything that encourages or educates an individual on staying safe in the event of a fire.
Are Outdoor Fire Pits Safe?
Yes, provided they are properly observed, positioned, and tended to.
How Can You Prevent an Outdoor Fire?
Only ever place grills or fire pits on flat surfaces, far from flammable materials, and never leave either unattended.
Is it Safe to be Outside During Fires?
If you are outside and a safe distance from a fire, it can be easy to believe you have nothing to be concerned about, but the heavy smoke can be significantly harmful.
Summer should be about joy and good times outside. But always be prepared for the worst, especially during celebrations when your guard is down.
Sometimes things go wrong, but luckily All Dry USA handles any and all fire damage. From minor scorches to significant renovations, we have seen it all and are prepared to restore your home today.
With over a decade of professional experience dealing with fire damage, you can trust us to put your home back together in like-new condition.
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