September Ushers in Football & New Fire Risks | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County
Cooler temperatures might be the last thing on your mind. After all, the temps here will still be toasty for a few more weeks, probably. But we’re beginning to see fall creep in with a slight chill in the early mornings and late evenings.
Each season brings its own potential fire hazards as activities commence. So grab your favorite pumpkin spice latte, and let’s review a few fire safety tips.
Campfire Safety in the Fall
With the fall weather comes an increase in camping, and one of the staples of camping is a campfire. Knowing how to construct a campfire is almost as important as knowing how to put it out.
It’s best to use a match or lighter to set fire to dry leaves or twigs, then add dry wood and bigger sticks. Never use an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid.
Build your fire away from structures and out from under tree branches. When it’s time to put the fire out, douse it completely before leaving your campsite.
Slowly pour a bucket of water on the embers and make sure none remain. Anything you leave behind can start up again with enough of a breeze.
The Tailgate Party
The tailgate party is a standard in Alabama, and grills are usually part of the festivities. Pack some safety along with your tailgate goodies!
Most grill fires are caused by an abundance of excess grease. Be sure to clean excess grease and empty the grease trap before starting the grill. A few precautionary steps can help avoid a disaster.
Space Heater Precautions
Many people supplement their heat with portable space heaters. But while handy, these are one of the most frequent causes of home fires in fall and winter.
Keep your heater away from anything flammable on any side. Ensure it has automatic shutoff capability for tip-overs and overheating.
And finally, space heaters are best directly plugged into a wall outlet, so avoid extension cords if possible.
Halloween is only a few weeks away! As you begin to decorate, keep fire safety in mind. Candles and Halloween decorations can be fire hazards, so be attentive and responsible as you celebrate.
If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.