Nothing says summer more than BBQs and campfires, but these fun activities, if not approached carefully, can come with a few hazards.
Latest statistics show Summer is one of the most dangerous seasons for fire related casualties, with BBQ fires being one of the main causes. With this in mind, we’ve put together our top tips to make sure you’ve got the right advice on hand to make sure you can enjoy the sunshine whilst being safe and secure.
- If you’re spending the summer toasting marshmallows in the back garden to dreamy pink sunsets then it’s a good idea to make sure all fires are away from any flammable objects - and don’t sit too close to any tents or properties!
- Some parks and towns prohibit fires so be aware of your surroundings and check any local regulations before you build your fire. It’s also important to be smart about lighter fluid and make sure it’s placed downwind from the building or tent, which is near the fire.
- Large bonfires may seem impressive, but remember to keep yours under control; smaller fires are much safer. Never leave your campfire lit if there’s no one to attend to it, always take the time to put it out properly by dowsing it with water and using a shovel to bury the fire with ash and dirt. Make sure these are always to hand incase you need to urgently put the fire out.
- Keeping essential parts of your home maintained can reduce the risk of fires; for example make sure you clear out exhaust fans regularly and clearing debris out of vents. And ensure you do the same with garden equipment such as lawn mowers and never refuel if it’s overheated.
- This goes for BBQs as well. Keep it away from the building or any over hanging branches, with recommendations to maintain a safe zone of around 3 foot. Remove grease and buildup from the grills and the trays, making sure it is consistently clean and never leave unattended when in use.
- Your preventative maintenance should include fire testing and by doing so you need to make sure you replace batteries regularly in any testing equipment. Using a certified fire protection provider like Amthal can help streamline your fire protection programs and keep track of required inspections.
Fire safety in and around your home is just as important as keeping you, family and loved ones safe. Take the above steps to prevent any risks and enjoy a stress free summer.
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