The Warm Months and Fire Safety | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest
Those winter months are gone, and warmer weather is finally here! Thinking about warmer weather can be exciting, planning family vacations or parties, but do your plans include some fire maintenance?
Did you know that spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year? It’s true, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
Here are some common fire threats and ways to protect yourself:
The grill. There are almost 9,000 fires a year related to grilling accidents. Grills create the perfect combination of flames, heat, grease and gas, which can cause flames to arise quickly. Make sure you are taking care of the essentials to help prevent a fire. Verify that the grill is in good working condition, have it placed at least three feet away from everything and clean it before each use. Cleaning the grill before each use is especially important because almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.
Fire pits. Whether you’re gathering around the fire pit in the backyard or a campfire out in the woods, take safety precautions. Even if you think kids are careful, you should never leave them unattended around a fire. It’s also a good idea to keep a bucket of water or drag a water hose close to the pit. You should keep your fire pit three feet away from anything that can catch fire, and finally, put the fire out slowly to avoid scattering embers.
Chimneys and dryer vents. The warmer months are the perfect time to do your annual spring-cleaning around the house. Have your chimney inspected and dryer vents cleaned. If you do it right after the winter months while it’s fresh on your mind, you can save lots of time and money.
At SERVPRO, we have technicians on hand 24⁄7! These technicians are ready and waiting, no matter the cause of fire, to help you have it cleaned up. Contact SERVPRO of Reno Southwest today to talk with a specialist.