SERVPRO Wants to Help You Prevent Summertime Fires
Summertime is the season for backyard barbecues, fireworks, and time spent enjoying the outdoors, maybe even sitting around a fire pit. This means there’s also an increased potential for a fire emergency.
Here’s a guide that can help keep your home and/or local business safe from fires this summer:
Practice Grill Safety
It’s a good practice to make sure your grill is at least 3 feet away from the house and any other structures or objects that could potentially catch on fire. Be wary of any overhanging tree branches!
Regularly clean the grill and remove any grease build up. Also, always make sure you have water and a fire extinguisher nearby when you’re grilling, just in case
Monitor Your Air Conditioning
Air conditioning, fans, and other cooling equipment are a frequent cause of summertime fires. Typically, they occur from electrical or mechanical failures.
One way to make sure your equipment is in good working condition is to schedule regular maintenance. You can also make sure to change the filter and remove any dirt or debris.
In order to prevent overuse, try turning your air conditioner off during peak hours. You can also adjust your thermostat when you leave for more than one hour to maximize efficiency.
Check Your Lawnmower
Don’t let a faulty lawn mower be the cause of a fire!
Be sure to check the engine, mufflers, and cutting blades and keep your machine clean and well maintained. If your lawn mower overheats, wait for it to cool down before trying to refuel it.
Be Cautious with Fireworks
If you live somewhere where fireworks are legal, they can add some extra pizzazz to your summer parties. Just be sure to use them with caution!
Make sure to follow all the local laws, and heed any warnings or instructions that come with your fireworks. Make sure to keep your fireworks at a safe distance away from people, buildings, and any flammable objects.
And always keep a bucket of water on hand, just in case!
These summertime fire prevention tips can go a long way to keeping you safe. However, if you still do experience a fire accident, know that SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch can help you take the right steps to get your home or business back in shape. We often even can help you work with your insurance company.