Summer is just around the corner, and with it, fire hazards that increase with more outdoor activities, such as barbecuing and setting off fireworks. Continue reading to learn about how you can eliminate fire hazards in your backyard and enjoy the summer this year.
Summer Fire Statistics
Most fire hazards indeed occur in the summer, with EMT, fire departments, and ERs busy during the summer months. Here are some sobering statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration about fire injuries during the summer that can be prevented or drastically reduced.
- July is the peak month for grill fires. (17 percent) May comes next, with June and August following behind. This includes both structure, outdoor, or unclassified fires.
- In 11 percent of grill structure fires and 23 percent of outside and unclassified grill fires, leaks or breaks were the main factors of fires.
- Approximately 19,000 patients visit the emergency room each year due to injuries from grilling.
- Gas grills cause a higher amount of home fires overall than their charcoal counterparts.
- The leading factor contributing to fires was the failure to clean the grill (1/5th of all structure fires). In 17 percent of cases, a fire was caused by something too close to the grill.
- In 2018, an estimated 9,100 fireworks-related emergency room treated injuries occurred. The culprits were firecrackers, sparklers, and bottle rockets, with the hands, head/neck, and eyes frequently involved with injuries.
- Sparklers are the #1 cause for emergency room visits during the July 4th holiday celebrations.
Tips for Summertime Fire Safety
Many fires can be prevented with simple safety tips you can teach kids about, so everyone stays safe this summer. These tips may seem obvious and include:
- If using charcoal or propane barbecue grills, ensure children and pets are kept at least three feet away from them.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease buildup; before using for the season, give it a good wash.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Always ensure your gas grill lid is open before lighting.
- If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show, instead of attempting to do one yourself.
- Keep a close eye on children with sparklers or other fireworks. Never let them near you while lighting them.
- Do not use consumer fireworks.
Remember that fireworks are dangerous to pets as well. They could also increase the likelihood of fire damage to your property or those adjacent to you. When using your grill, fire pits, or torches and personal fireplaces, keep them out from under roof edges and well away from deck railings, tree branches, or siding. (at least 10 feet away)
For Fire Damage, Call Black Diamond Restoration
Most fires can be prevented by following these safety steps above. However, if your property has been damaged by smoke or water damage, Black Diamond Restoration can help. Our professionals are here 24/7 to assist you in emergencies. With over twenty years of experience, our professional and certified technicians perform all repairs within our service areas. Contact us here or call to schedule an appointment today.