Fire damage

Spring and summer bring a whole new set of problems related to fire damage. Stay safe and prevent fire damage to your home this spring and summer with these fire prevention tips.

Grilling

Once warm weather hits, everyone gets outside to grill. No matter the type of fuel being used for the grill, there’s still a need to be careful. When grilling:

  • Keep the grill far away from the house
  • Don’t leave the gas on too long before lighting it
  • Avoid throwing coals in the trash until they’re completely cool. A metal trash can is preferable.
  • Keep flammable materials away from the grill

Grills and fatty or oil-rich foods can be temperamental, so always keep salt, baking soda, or sand around just in case. Water should not be used as it will spread the grease and the fire.

Fireworks

Know the laws surrounding fireworks in your area. Fireworks cause fires every year, and should be used with extreme caution. Keep water around if one lands in the yard. If the fire escalates, call 911 immediately.

Dryers

People tend to change clothes more often in the summer, meaning the washer and dryer get more use. Dryer fires happen when too much lint builds up, causing the dryer to overheat and spark a fire. Cleaning out the lint trap on a regular basis to prevent the dryer from overheating.

Lightning

There’s not much homeowners can do to protect their home from lightning during a storm. Taking down large trees near your home could limit your exposure to lightning strikes though. Although rare, a lightning strike could happen, causing fire damage to a home.

Bonfires

Many people enjoy having a fire pit in their backyard. It’s a great way to enjoy the warmer nights, but should be used with caution. Here are some fire pit rules to follow:

  • Make sure the fire pit is located away from the house or any other flammable object
  • Stay a safe distance away
  • Always supervise children around the fire
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before going inside

Enjoy the warmer weather and all that comes with it this spring and summer, but remember to be safe. If fire damage does occur, call American Cleaning Service right away. We will work quickly and efficiently to have your home completely restored.