Now that spring is officially here; it means it’s time for everyone to spend more time outdoors. It is also vital to follow fire safety rules when enjoying the lovely spring weather. Many people will be camping, grilling, and spending time in nature. Fire safety applies to everything fire-related such as cooking out, grilling and bonfires. It is important to enjoy bonfires and grilling while practicing fire safety. Here are a few fire safety tips to follow this spring.
Fire is unavoidable when preparing the perfect hamburger or rack of ribs on the grill, so there are some inherent risks right from the beginning. Before turning the grill on, be sure to check each potentially dangerous grill area, such as the propane tank, the hose, and all connecting points. The grill should be set up in an open, outdoor area with nothing flammable nearby, such as plants or paper products. Also, make sure the grill is clean before cooking. Failing to clean the grill before and after use contributes to nearly 20% of grill fires.
Outdoor Fire Pits
Fire pits are a great way to spend time outdoors after the sun goes down. There’s nothing better than gathering around a warm fire and toasting marshmallows with your loved ones. So, it is critical to practice fire safety when around a fire pit. Avoid throwing pine cones, leaves, pine needles, or paper into the fire. These materials catch fire quickly and can cause dangerous floating embers. Have a bucket of water nearby just in case the flames get out of control. Also, never leave children and pets unattended around a fire pit.
In springtime, chances are you will be less likely to light a fire in your living room fireplace. As easy as it is just to clean out the ashes, lock up the fireplace, and forget about it until winter, you should have the chimney inspected as part of your spring cleaning tasks. The NFPA recommends scheduling a chimney inspection and cleaning at least once a year, and getting it done this time of year often means removing any buildup that would cause more damage if it was left until the fall. Also, chimney technicians are more likely to have flexible schedules in the springtime.
The leading cause of clothes dryer-related fires is failing to keep them clean. Ensure the air exhaust vent pipe for your dryer is not obstructed and that the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Move flammable materials away from the dryer, such as boxes, cleaning supplies, and clothing.
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience designing, installing, inspecting, and repairing residential and commercial fire protection systems. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480