Wednesday, July 18, 2018

5 Fire Safety Tips forSummer

Summer is finally here, which means it’s the season for BBQing, camping, and enjoying the great outdoors. However, it’s also a time to be on high alert when it comes to starting and managing fires.

For example, The Globe and Mail reported provincial findings which concluded that in 2017 almost half of the fires reported in B.C. along were caused by humans. With this in mind we thought this would be a great time to revisit some of our favourite tips to preventing a summertime fire:

1. Invest in HVAC Maintenance

Running multiple air conditioning units can overload your heating, which can lead to house or condominium fires.

This is especially true if you haven’t invested in proper HVAC maintenance and have ensured that all electrical components are in proper working order, have been tested by a professional, and are free of dust and debris which can ignite from even the smallest spark.

2. Clean Your Exhaust Fans

Cleaning dust, dander, and debris out your exhaust fans and vents not only improves the quality and cleanliness of the air you breathe, but eliminates any opportunities for buildup which can accelerate the spread of an indoor fire.

3. Take Care of Your Lawn Mower

Lawn mower maintenance is essential to keeping your yard in check and extending the lifetime of your mower, but making sure that you follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule for your mowing equipment can also decrease the likelihood of a fire.

Remember to regularly remove any debris and grass clippings from cutting units, engines, and mufflers, and always wait until your lawn mower has cooled completely before refueling.

4. Store Gas Containers Responsibly

If your BBQ or grill relies on gas containers or cylinders in order to function, make sure to store them in a cool, ideally day place like a shed or in the garage away from your primary dwelling. Never store your gas canisters indoors. Always double-check that caps are on tight, and that the cylinders are stored in an upright position.

5. Practice Safe Grilling

Many of us love to use our BBQ to cook up some steaks and vegetables on a summer’s night, but it’s essential that you keep your grill as far away from both your home and any trees or branches nearby.

Make sure to regularly remove any grease and gat buildup from the grills, and take the time to clean out the trays underneath the grilling components, as well.

We recommend keeping a “safe zone” of at least 3 feet around the grill at all times, and remember: never leave your grill unattended.

Summertime is always a great opportunity to enjoy our prairie weather and relax, and by following these steps you can be worry-free when it comes to fire safety this summer.  Contact us today by calling 866-441-3473 today to provide qualified and professional fire safety services in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, and Regina.

Posted by Rob Read at 8:25 AM


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