With the summer months finally, here, it is essential to think about the safety precautions you should take to prevent the risk of fire.
Warm weather calls for a summer of fun activities, from busy barbecues to bonfires at the beach, and now rules are relaxed in the UK, it’s going to be a summer to remember for most. But, are you aware of the health and safety steps you can take to keep safe this summer?
Most fire hazards can be reduced or stopped just by having awareness and making small but significant changes in behaviour.
Here at Coopers Fire, we want to make sure you feel safe during the summertime, so we have put together a guide to help you remain aware and in control.
In the UK alone, fire statistics show that, on average, 74,000 fires are started on grass each year. Fields of grass can become extremely dry in the hotter months, and with outdoor events such as festivals and barbecues, there is a chance that fire could spread easily.
If you are starting a fire in an outdoor area, you need to ensure that you know how to put out a fire first and foremost. The safest way to do this is to douse the fire with water immediately. Make sure you pack the appropriate tools, such as a bucket for water, when you stay at the campsite.
Choose a safe location that is away from overly grassy areas, overhanging trees or anything in your immediate environment that could encourage a fire. By digging a foot deep hole surrounded by rocks, you can get your fire started in the safest way possible.
When building a campfire, you will require either whole or cut branches that are dead, as it will be difficult for live materials to burn.
Always ignite your resources, (small twigs, leaves or dry grass) with a match or lighter – do not use gasoline to start a campfire. Someone must always be present while burning a bonfire, and you should never leave one unattended, even when smouldering.
It’s not officially summer until the first barbecue of the year begins, but fire may ruin the idea of a delicious buffet if you are not fully prepared. Whether it be in your family garden or on a camping holiday, you should always barbecue safely and responsibly.
Depending on the type of barbecue you are planning to use, different safety measures are suggested. Whichever barbecue you use, you need to ensure that it is in good working condition to prevent the risk of fire. You should never use flammable liquids to light a barbecue, and it’s crucial that you only use them in safe areas away from fences, sheds and anything that could catch fire.
When camping, never put your barbecue in your tent because it will release carbon monoxide fumes that can kill. In any situation, you need to make sure to extinguish barbecues properly and efficiently.
Official charcoal starter fluid is necessary if you are using a charcoal barbecue. Charcoal barbecues need to be on a flat surface – without too much charcoal on the grill – since it could tip and start a fire on the floor. After you have finished with your charcoal, you need to wait 48 hours before disposal.
Before using a gas barbecue, you need to properly check for propane leaks. When storing gas cylinders, you must keep them safely away from direct sunlight and icy conditions. When you are finished with using it, you need to turn the gas supply off and then the barbecue to prevent any leaks.
Did you know that electrical fires are most common during the summertime, especially in unexpected heatwaves? When it gets too hot, especially in working environments and at home, we tend to bring the fans and air conditioner units out to cool down. However, if you’re not careful, there’s a chance you can cause electrical fires due to overloading plug sockets or unsafe appliances.
If sockets, adapters or extension leads are overloaded, they can overheat and potentially cause a fire. You should always check the condition of your cooling devices before use, keeping an eye out for general wear and tear or loose cables.
Summer can be one of the most dangerous seasons for fire-related injuries. With the sunny weather conditions, we are subject to more lightning strikes, which are at their peak in the summer months. Where the drier conditions and high temperatures are considered, fire is at an all-time high.
To prevent fire caused by lightning strikes, you need to maintain your lawn, trees and bushes around your property. Keeping gutters clear and tidy will also help reduce the risk of debris catching fire.
Be fire smart this summer
It’s always good to prepare for the unexpected, especially when it comes to fire safety. Whether you’re getting ready to go on a camping holiday or having loved ones over for a barbecue, take the precautionary steps to ensure you can have fun safely.
You can still enjoy the glorious summertime and all the fun that it brings, just be aware of the risks that also come with the hotter months.
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