The warm weather is approaching and it is a great time to get together with friends and family that you may not have seen for a while. There are so many fun activities to do in the summer months: swimming, camping and barbeques, and late-night concerts. While it is a great time to relax and enjoy your summer, it is also important to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Many common summer activities can also pose some fire safety risks. The hot, dry weather can leave areas susceptible to fire. Here are some tips to remember when lighting that grill this summer.
BBQs are a classic summer pastime. Whether you use a gas or charcoal grill there are some important safety tips to be aware of. Make sure you have enough grass space to grill, do not try to cram your grill onto your apartment balcony. Never grill too close to a building wall or under an awning or porch, the heat from the grill could cause a spark. Be sure to wear short sleeve clothing and tie up long hair when grilling to stay safe from the grill flames. You also want to stay at least three feet away from the grill to avoid fires from nearby objects. Never leave the grill unattended and be sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby to put out any fires that may occur. Always store all gas or propane tanks away from heat sources.
For those who enjoy the company of the outdoors, it is essential to know how to stay safe while camping. If you make a campfire, take care that it is well contained, either in a pit or surrounded by rocks, and the area around and above it is free of flammable material. Always remember to extinguish your fire before going to sleep and when you depart the campsite. Having a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher handy is an excellent idea.
Summer is not the same without 4th of July celebrations and fireworks. Fireworks are stunning and also very dangerous if mishandled. When lighting off fireworks, choose a spot with no dry, flammable things nearby. Always supervise pets and children when near fireworks. Remember, sparklers burn very hot and can cause third-degree burns. Keep a bucket of water or garden hose nearby when lighting fireworks and only light one at a time.
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 or contact us online. For more fire safety tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.