Fourth of July Fire Safety Tips
The Fourth of July is a wonderful time of year to celebrate our freedom in the United States, as well as providing a chance to get together with friends and family, and enjoy some outdoor activities like having a barbeque, swimming, and watching fireworks. However, it can also be quite dangerous if the necessary precautions aren’t taken to provide a safe and fire-free environment. Check out these tips on a few common activities that are traditionally seen around this time of year.
- Barbeque and Grills
Always have someone monitoring the grill to prevent children approaching and to watch for potential fires. One minute away from the grill could potentially mean a potential disaster.
Always make a point to read the owner’s manual to make sure you are operating it correctly, check for gas leaks, and keep on a level surface away from home and other potentially flammable fixtures. It is also good practice to have fire extinguishers at the ready and never use a grill indoors.
- Fire Pits
Someone should always be assigned to monitor the fire to ensure it stays under control.
Use hard wood meant for burning on a fire and never use gas to get it going will help prevent unmanageable flames.
You should also keep the pit away away from trees, in an open area, have an extinguisher on hand, and make sure chairs and people are distanced from the fire itself. It is also good practice to keep yourself up-to-date on local fire pit laws to make sure your festivities comply with safety protocol set by the place you live in.
When using fireworks, always point away from yourself and any other spectators in the area, use them one at a time, and keep buckets of water on hand. The operator should also be sober to prevent reckless or careless usage.
Another great option to see fireworks is to go to a professional show for a better experience, in the sky and safety wise! Many local organizations hold shows for the community to view, which is a great chance to have some fun without the risk.
Always monitor children outside while they are in close proximity to fires or flammable materials. A trusted adult should be assigned to watch the kids to prevent potential fire related injuries.
With local area predictions of rain and storms on the forecast, it is also good to protect the inside of your home from storm related fires. Use surge protectors on all electronics to avoid electricity related fires, refrain from using large appliances like washers and dryers, and unplug minor ones such as chargers.
Your family at SERVPRO of Roanoke, Montgomery, and Pulaski Counties wishes you a happy and safe Fourth of July!