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2018 Summer Fire Safety Tips

Grilling outside and roasting marshmallows over the fire are two summer staples. However, being in close proximity to an open flame can be dangerous. Fires can happen easily and spread very quickly. Preventing fires before they happen can save money and it could even save someone’s life. Here are some of our tips to help you and your loved ones stay safe around flames this summer.

 

Grilling

According to the NFPA, July is when most grilling accidents occur. Each year, about 9,600 grilling injuries are reported. Take some precautions while using your grill.

  • Make sure that the grill is placed away from your home or dwelling. Keep it away from the deck railing, and move it out from under eaves or overhangs.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill.
  • If in use, make sure it does not go unattended.
  • Clean your grill regularly to prevent grease and fat buildup.

 

Fireworks

Fireworks are a fun part of summer. But lighting your own fireworks can be dangerous. It’s always safer to go to your town’s fireworks show, rather than setting them off yourself. But, if you do decide to do fireworks yourself, follow these tips or firework safety:

  • Make sure that children and pets are away from the fireworks
  • Keep some water ready in case something goes wrong
  • Follow the local laws on fireworks
  • Light fireworks away from the house and other flammable objects.
  • Never ignite fireworks in a glass bottle.

 

Campfire

A chilly summer night and a warm campfire often go hand-in-hand. If you build a campfire or bonfire, be careful. Accidents can happen easily around an open flame. Always use caution while around a fire.

  • Don’t run near a fire.
  • Keep lighter fluid, gasoline, and other flammable liquids away from the fire.
  • Always watch children and pets around a fire.
  • Don’t leave a campfire unattended. Stay nearby.
  • Opt for smaller campfires. Though a big burning flame can be impressive, they are often unsafe and can be dangerous to those around.
  • When putting out a campfire, make sure there are no embers leftover. Use water to drench the ashes.

 

Fire can be dangerous and can cause a lot of damage if not minded properly. First and foremost, use common sense when around a fire. Don’t run. Stay a safe distance away. Remove flammable objects from the fire’s proximity. And always have water or a fire extinguisher on hand in case something does happen. If a fire gets too big, make sure to get to safety and call 911.

Homeowners insurance is important to have in case a fire accidentally damages your home. What if it’s out of your control? What if a neighbor’s summer campfire goes out of control and wreaks havoc on your house? That’s what homeowner insurance is for. Talk to your agent about the right home coverage for you. Not everything is in your control. Insurance is there for when things go awry.

 

Call an Encharter agent today at 888.754.8299 to ask about your homeowners insurance policy!

 

Additional sources:

FEMA Summer Fire Safety
Smokey the Bar Campfire Safety

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