SOURCES OF FIRE DAMAGE TO AVOID THIS SUMMER
During the summer, we spend more time outdoors. We barbecue and use our firepits, or we have bonfires if we live in an area that is approved for them. We may spend time cleaning out our garages or getting our landscaping done, and these types of activities create trash that will need to be disposed of. This often entails a call to the city waste management department, with the trash then waiting curbside or near our homes or businesses for pickup. Renovation and construction projects often get scheduled for summer, too, and these also create waste that can take time to remove.
What do all of these scenarios have in common?
They can all become fire hazards.
One stray spark from a Fourth of July sparkler near a dry pile of wood from fencing or roofing can turn a fun night into a disaster, and a lack of good sense near a fire pit can change everything in a second. Here are a few tips to help you avoid fire damage this summer.
- Make sure your family and other loved ones understand fire safety before they start roasting marshmallows or cooking burgers.
- Schedule trash pickup immediately to avoid large amounts of dry material from sitting in your yard.
- Remove dry, dead vegetation from around your home or business premises so that if a fire breaks out this material won’t provide more fuel.
- Using propane tanks can be dangerous; make sure the person responsible for filling it and using the barbecue understands how to properly handle volatile fuel sources.
- Follow the laws of your city and county when it comes to the use of fire, and this includes fireworks. Many people ignore these regulations, but keep in mind that one stray spark on a roof can bring down a neighborhood.
Should the worst happen, SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville is here to help. We are experts in cleanups after fire or water damage, no matter the size of the issue, and we are also mold remediation specialists. Call us today for assistance.