Summer Fire Prevention Tips from SERVPRO
We here at SERVPRO of Greenville/Troy/Andalusia deal with many house fires throughout the year, they are the most common disaster throughout the U.S and with the summer rolling in, here are some ways you can help prevent these:
#1. Don’t use fireworks at home
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, it’s always best to leave fireworks to the professionals and attend public fireworks displays instead.
#2. Be careful when grilling outdoors
Practice safe grilling this summer with these grilling fire tips:
- Always use your grill outdoors and far away from any structures.
- Clean your grill after every use to prevent a buildup of fat or grease that can cause a grease fire.
- Stabilize the grill on a flat surface to prevent it from tipping.
- Watch for gas leaks.
- Use charcoal starter fluid carefully. Don’t add starter fluid to the fire if it starts to go down.
- Have baking soda, a bucket of sand, or a fire extinguisher handy if you need to put out the fire. Never add water to a grease fire.
#3. Beware of lawn mower fires
You may use your mower with no signs of trouble then put it away in your garage without realizing the potential danger. If the fuel flows from the tank into the engine while the engine is turned off, it will eventually cause a buildup of flammable vapors and a heat source can spark a fire in your garage. To reduce this risk, replace your fuel line every other year, inspect your carburetor for damage, and add fuel stabilizer every fill up.
#4. Have your air conditioner inspected
Regular maintenance and tune-ups of your heating and cooling systems can help prevent a fire.
#5. Reduce your risk of a kitchen fire
Throughout the year, kitchen fires are responsible for most home fires. The stovetop is the usual starting point for kitchen fires, not the oven. To reduce your risk of a fire, always remain in the kitchen when grilling, frying, or cooking on your stovetop. Make sure there are no flammable materials near the heat such as a paper towel dispenser or dish towel. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen but not too close to the stove and oven in case of fire and remember to suffocate cooking flames with a lid, not water.
#6. Check your dryer
Most dryer fires are the result of failing to clean the dryer vent ductwork as highly flammable lint will build up over time and may be ignited by the heat of the dryer. Clean your lint trap between every load and clean your dryer vent at least once a year with a special vent cleaning brush. Make sure the outside dryer exhaust vent allows hot air to escape.
#8. Make sure your smoke detectors work
You should have at least one smoke detector on every floor of your house in an area where it can be heard from every room of the house. Inspect your smoke detectors regularly to make sure they work and develop an escape plan that your entire household can practice in case of emergency. The escape route should have two possible exits from every room and these paths should be as free of clutter as possible.