Warm Weather Fire Safety Tips | SERVPRO® of Cedar Mill/Oak Hills
Warmer weather reminds everyone to get outside and enjoy some sunshine. Vacations, campouts, parties and seasonal celebrations are just the beginning, but what people tend to forget is that warm weather also produces a higher risk of fire ignition!
Did you know that spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year? It’s true! While warmer weather brings all sorts of pleasant experiences and opportunities, it also increases the chances of fire.
The good news is there are steps you can take to lower that risk.
Grilling. Warmer weather means barbecuing or firing up the grill. But grill fires certainly spike during the warmer months as well. Taking care of a few steps ahead of time can help save you—and your dinner. Confirm that the grill is in good working condition, have it placed at least three feet away from everything and clean it before each use. The last point is particularly important since almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.
Fire pits or campfires. Campfires are made for sleepovers, s’mores and so much more. While making s’mores or enjoying the sights and sounds of the fire, make sure you never leave kids unattended around either a campfire or a fire pit. Be sure to keep a bucket of water or drag a water hose close to the pit. You should keep your fire pit three feet away from anything that can catch fire, and finally, put the fire out slowly to avoid scattering embers.
Chimneys and dryer vents. They don’t call it “spring cleaning” for nothing! Warmer months are the perfect time to clean the things you don’t do on a normal basis—things like your chimney and your dryer vent hose. By taking these extra precautions like having your chimney inspected and dryer vents cleaned you are possibly doing some lifesaving maintenance that will save you money and time in the future.
Your local SERVPRO technicians are on hand 24⁄7 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.