Sources of Fire Damage
You probably have heard lectures and read countless brochures and handbooks regarding fire safety. Fire safety is a very important topic that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You may not realize how often you come into contact with a situation that could result in a damaging fire. Some of those situations are recreational with friends and family and some of them are in your own home while cooking dinner. Let’s discuss some of the most common sources of fires.
Campfires and firepits. Summers usually involve campfires, bonfires, and firepits depending on where you live. It’s fun to have friends and family over for a cookout and s’mores or coffee by the fire. However, it’s essential that you practice fire safety techniques when lightning any kind of fire.
Moreover, if you are lighting a campfire or bonfire, plan to have adequate water on hand to put it out when you’re ready to leave. Never start a fire when you don’t have access to water.
Be sure that no one is getting too close to the fire, horse-playing, getting intoxicated, and be sure that kids stay away from the flames. There should never be brush, leaves, other trees, buildings, or vehicles nearby when having an outdoor fire. Wind can easily carry sparks and ignite surrounding items causing even more damage and harm to your guests.
If you’re using a firepit, be sure to have water on hand to put the fire out. Also, utilize the cap or top/cover that came with your pit to help contain sparks and ash from spreading around your yard and potentially causing a secondary fire.
Fireworks. Fireworks can be a ton of fun! Especially in the summertime. However, with typically dryer conditions, secondary fires can easily be lit causing damage to homes and vehicles.
If you use fireworks, be sure to have a water source to eliminate the flames after the combustion takes place. Also, be vigilant in making sure that no other sparks or flames ignite after landing. Never shoot fireworks near a home, building, vehicle, or trees.
Electrical. If you have electrical cords running to equipment in your yard or free-standing garage, make sure they are in great shape, insulated properly, and that there is no overloading of electric sources.
Also, be sure that your stove, washer and dryer, etc. are wired correctly and are approved by a licensed electrician to avoid house fires.
Our team is here to help when disaster strikes! Fire is a beautiful thing but can be a devastating thing when it consumes or damages your belongings. If you come face to face with fire damage, call us. We will be there quick to get you the help you need in the restoration process.