Summer is a prime time for fires. In fact, the United States Fire Administration reports that summer is a very dangerous time when it comes to injuries and deaths coming from fires. At LaPointe Construction Board Up Service, we might be fire damage restoration experts, but we want to make sure that our neighbors and friends stay safe while they enjoy all of the fun activities that summer has to offer. If you follow these safety tips, you can have a great time and keep your loved ones safe.
One of the biggest fire dangers during the summer months is campfires. Many young people enjoy camping out in their backyard when it is warm out. Others enjoy building campfires to enjoy an evening outside making smores or other treats. While a nice outdoor fire can be a lot of fun, always keep safety in mind.
- Make sure everyone with you knows to “Stop Drop and Roll” if their clothing catches fire. Take some time to practice this, especially with young children.
- Choose a safe location for your campfire. Avoid dry leaves and grass. Clear away any vegetation, dig a pit, and surround it with rocks.
- If you are using starter fluid or other flammable materials, keep it a safe distance from the fire.
- If you are camping in a tent, do not make the fire close by. Make sure the tent is upwind from the fire so stray sparks won’t catch the material on fire.
- Smaller fires are safer fires. Unless you are using an established firepit designed for bonfires, keep the flames small.
- Never leave a fire unattended. If you are leaving or going to sleep, take the time to make sure it is extinguished.
- If you are going to build a fire, you should always have a way to put it out. Make sure you have access to a shovel and some dirt, a water hose, or other method.
- Like campfires, fireworks can be a lot of fun, but they can also be quite dangerous. There is a good reason that summer fires peak on the weekend of July 4th. If you follow these tips, then your celebration will be safer and more enjoyable.
- Use legal fireworks. Buy from a storefront or a reputable dealers. Homemade or poorly made fireworks can cause serious injury. Those intended for professional displays are also dangerous when used improperly.
- Make sure pets and small children are supervised and kept a safe distance from fireworks. Many pets would prefer to be kept inside.
- Many fireworks injuries occur because of alcohol. Make sure whoever is handling the fireworks can do so safely.
- Light fireworks in a safe area. Do not use close to a dry field or wooded area.
- Keep a water source or fire extinguisher close by.
Campfires and fireworks can add an element of fun to any summer evening. However, they can also bring danger. Taking the time to follow safety precautions can keep your relaxing afternoon from turning into an emergency. At LaPointe Construction Board Up Service, we are always standing by to help restore your property if you do experience a fire, but we would rather our neighbors enjoy their summer safely. If you have any questions at all, call our expert team at 978-447-5991.