Avoiding a Summertime Fire Disaster
Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the season for outdoor celebrations, often including neighborhood barbecues, firework displays, and nighttime campfires. All these wonderful activities bring family and friends together for a fun time, however, an accidental fire can quicky ruin the festivities. Taking precaution to reduce the risk of fire associated with your summertime activities is not only important for the safety of your loved ones but can also limit the possibility of structural damage. So, what can you do to make yourself and your property more fire safe?
- Give plenty of space around flames, including grills, campfires, or gas cooking appliances (such as camp stoves). The National Fire Protection Association states that no grill or cooking apparatus should be “used or ignited on any balcony, under any overhanging portion, or within 10 ft (3 m) of any structure.”
- Do not leave open flames unattended. Outdoor fire sources should be closely monitored by a responsible adult, and children and pets should not be left unattended around them.
- Be prepared to extinguish your fire if needed. This may include having a spray fire extinguisher nearby, utilizing a water hose or bucket, or having a method in place to smother your fire.
- Think SAFETY FIRST with fireworks! Fireworks should only be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications, should only be ignited in an open area free of debris, foliage, or structures, and should only be handled by a responsible adult. After using fireworks, it is important to make sure they are completely extinguished before discarding.
- Remember that while your property can be restored or replaced, you, your friends, and your family cannot. If you have a fire that is out of control, do not risk your safety to extinguish. Call 911 and trust the trained professionals that respond to help.
If fire damage does put a damper on your summertime festivities, know that SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is Here to Help. Our team is proud to be of service throughout Southwest Georgia, including the communities of Bainbridge, Camilla, Blakely, and surrounding areas. Interested in learning more? Need assistance? Call us, we’re available for emergencies 24/7/365: 229-439-2048.