While the last thing on your mind during the summer is sitting next to a cozy fireplace, there are still fire safety hazards to be aware of as the weather warms up. Summertime, especially around holiday weekends like Memorial Day and Fourth of July, means grilling, bonfires, and fireworks. Be sure you take the time to familiarize yourself with these fire safety tips to keep your outdoor space safe. ServiceMaster of Baltimore wishes you a Happy Memorial Day!
Be Aware of Droughts and Local Fire Bans
Some communities that are experiencing drought or even certain weather conditions can result in a local fire ban. Be sure to check with your local government or fire department before using a fire pit or other open flame source. Dry air and wind, even in an area not experiencing drought, can spread fires quickly.
Safe Grilling Tips
FEMA recommends the following tips for safe grilling this summer:
- Move the grill away from siding, decking, and other things that can catch fire. Keep the grill at least 3 feet away from the house.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill when it’s hot.
- Stay with the grill the entire time you’re cooking.
- Keep your grill clean so leftover grease and fat won’t catch on fire.
When grilling, be sure you know where the nearest fire extinguisher is located and know how to put out grease fires. In case of a grease fire, remember not to use water, and instead turn off the heat and cover the flame to restrict oxygen flow to the flames.
Fire Pit Safety
If your area permits fire pits, follow these tips from FEMA:
- Make sure the fire pit is at least three feet away from your house and anything that can burn. Closely watch children when the fire pit is in use.
- Use a metal screen over wood-burning fires to keep sparks from floating out.
- Turn off or put out fires before you leave the backyard.
- Store matches and lighters out of children’s sight and reach.
ServiceMaster of Baltimore wants you to enjoy the warmer weather and longer days safely. Although we have over 60 years of experience in the fire damage restoration industry, we still would rather you avoid needing it in the first place! If you do experience a disaster, trust us to arrive quickly and restore your property to its pre-loss condition. Call us at 410-780-1700 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.