Nothing says summer like being outdoors and enjoying the beautiful weather. Some of the best memories are made around bonfires, grilling delicious food, and admiring bright fireworks. As you’re enjoying these wonderful pastimes, one of the last things you’re probably thinking about is outdoor fire safety. But before you head outdoors, remember these summer fire safety tips to keep your assets protected.
According to Hearth Barbecue Patio Association, 7 out of 10 adults in the U.S. have a grill or smoker. Today, more and more kitchen appliances are joining the patio scene. From pizza ovens and stoves to complete outdoor kitchens, backyards are becoming the place to gather for meals during outdoor season. As you’re becoming a grill guru, it’s important to take extra steps to stay safe.
- Only use outdoor cooking appliances outside
Grills and other cooking appliances typically use liquid propane, charcoal, wood, or electricity to operate. Most are made and tested for outdoor use only. Before you bring any cooking appliance indoors or out, read the instruction manual first.
- Keep it clean
Taking care of your grill or smoker not only increases its lifespan, but it also keeps you safe. Frequently clean your grill by removing any grease or buildup.
- Stay close by
While your grill is in use, stay attentive and never leave it unattended. When using any type of cooking appliance, have a fire extinguisher easily accessible.
- Turn it off
When you’re finished with your grill or other cooking appliance, make sure to follow-up with proper care. This means turning off your appliances or gas source, letting the coals cool, and properly disposing of any waste afterwards.
Outdoor bonfires and delicious s’mores are the perfect end to a nice evening. Whether you’re out camping, enjoying a local restaurant or hotel patio, or at home, be mindful of these tips for you and guests.
- Safely distance your fire pit
Keep your fire pit safely away from buildings, trees, or other combustible structures. Consult your manual for minimum clearances to combustibles. When in doubt, farther is better.
- Cool before covering
For wood-burning bonfires, stay close to the fire until it is completely out. If you’re using a propane or natural gas fire pit, ensure it is completely off and cooled down before covering it.
- Monitor pets and kids
Fire pits are a perfect gathering spot for family and friends. It’s easy to get comfortable around the fire but continue to keep an eye on any children and pets. The mesmerizing flames are tempting for little hands and paws. Don’t forget about waggin’ tails too!
Especially around the holidays, fireworks are the ultimate wow factor. But did you know that, according to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 19,500 reported fires are started by fireworks annually? Check out these ideas to keep everyone safe.
- Supervise children around fireworks
Adults should be the only ones lighting off any fireworks. As kids watch from a distance, hold their hands to ensure they stay safely away.
- Check your area’s rules and regulations
States and even cities have their own rules for fireworks. Before purchasing fireworks, make sure to check out any local regulations.
- Properly dispose of fireworks after use
It is not considered safe to place your used fireworks in a trashcan or recycling bin. It is recommended to completely submerge fireworks in a bucket of water after use. When finished with the soaking process, please consult your local officials on exact locations for disposing fireworks. Each city may have different recommendations or locations for disposal.
- Consider an alternative
If you’re wanting to add something extra fun or special to your event, consider alternatives to fireworks in order to avoid risks. Glow sticks offer similar brightness and fun in the dark. Host a foam party for unique family fun.
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