Summer Fire Safety
Nothing says summer in Northwest Iowa like warm temps, backyard barbecues, pool parties, camping trips, and fireworks. With these fun activities we should also remain aware of the increased risk of fire during these months. According to the U.S. Fire Administration more fires are reported on July 4th than any other day of the year. Brush and outside fires increase substantially due to family outings and the misuse of fireworks. Being aware of what causes summer fires, makes us better able to prevent one from happening.
July is the peak month for grill fires, followed by June, May, and August.
Common Causes of Grill Fires
- Failure to clean the grill, including the grease trap.
- Having the grill too close to something that could catch fire.
- Leaving a grill unattended.
- Leaving the lid open while cooking
- Using combustible liquids like gas and lighter fluid that don’t completely evaporate when lit.
On average, 180 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the 4th of July. We encourage anyone celebrating with fireworks practice the “Four BE’S”
- Be Prepared
Store fireworks out of children’s reach. Always read and follow label directions. Place pets indoors. Always have water handy (garden hose or bucket of water).
- Be Responsible
Soak used fireworks thoroughly in a bucket of water. Dispose of used fireworks and debris properly. Never re-light “dud” fireworks. Wait 15-20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Be Safe
An adult should always light fireworks. Keep matches and lighters away from children. Use fireworks outdoors only. Light only one firework at a time and move away quickly. Keep children and pets away from fireworks. Always remember, do not throw fireworks, or hold them in your hand.
- Be Aware
Use only legal fireworks and only in legal places. Fireworks are prohibited on all state parks, and state or federal forest lands.
Restoring your home after fire damage is our main goal. As a leading fire damage restoration company, we specialize in removing the water after firefighting efforts. Our team of professionals will assess the damage and handle the fire cleanup and fire damage restoration.