Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Summer Fire Safety Steps You Can Take Today

Bison's Summer Fire Safety Tips

Ah, the joys of summer. With endless days of sunshine, long bike rides on the weekend, and tonnes of outdoor cooking, us prairie people know how to make the most of the season that we wait for all year. But with the summer heat and busy days, many people forget the importance of practicing fire-safe habits in their everyday lives. Between 2010 and 2014 in the province of Manitoba, the yearly average of fires was 4,613.

Fire safety should be a year-round priority within the home and workplace, but during the summer, there are special precautions and tips that people can follow for a summer that is both fun and safe. Use the following fire-safety tips to enjoy your summer and lower your chance of encountering any fire-related emergencies.

Be Responsible With Campfires

No summer in Manitoba or Saskatchewan is complete without a long evening sitting around a campfire, toasting marshmallows, roasting hot dogs, or simply singing a couple of tunes with your loved ones. But with these fun activities comes a responsibility to maintain a safe fire that can be easily controlled. To have a safe campfire, put the following tips into practice: 

  • Only use firepits that are enclosed and that can be covered with a metal grate.
  • When camping, check with the Parks office to make sure that the weather is appropriate for campfires. If conditions are extremely dry, hot, or windy, avoid having a fire.
  • Never leave your campsite or backyard with a fire still burning. To make sure that the fire is out, use plenty of water, or smother the fire completely.
  • Watch out that small children or pets don’t get to close to a fire. Be sure to talk about fire safety with young children before they are around a fire.

Grill Safely

Whether you’re planning to grill for a family BBQ or just a nice evening at the lake, make sure that you are practicing grilling safely. This includes charcoal, propane, and electric grills. Your barbecue should be kept as far away as possible from your home and any overhanging plants or branches.

Check your barbecue on a regular basis to make sure it’s cleaned of excess grease or fat buildup. This means checking the grills and underlying trays. Just like a campfire, your grill should never be left unattended while on.

Practice Proper Equipment Maintenance

In the summer on the prairies, many homeowners are sure to have the air conditioning on full-blast and the lawn mower running regularly. However, heavy equipment such as these can be fire hazards if not properly taken care of. On HVAC equipment, dust can settle on parts of the electrical components, causing malfunctions that can start fires. Running these units regularly or for a long period can cause the machinery to overheat, which is another fire hazard.

On lawn mowers, you should be regularly removing debris such as dirt and grass clippings from the inside of your mower, it’s cutting units, and the engine. When you’re performing these duties, consult the user guide to do so safely.

Ensuring that you’re maintaining these pieces of equipment regularly will help you avoid fire-related emergencies. Store any gas you keep at home safety in an upright position, and never inside your home.

For more summer fire safety tips, or for information on what sort of fire safety equipment you’ll need to stay safe all summer long, contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon. Find us online, or by calling 866-441-3473 to schedule an appointment today.

Posted by Rob Read at 8:41 AM

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