The weather isn’t the only hot heat homeowners and tenants have to maneuver around during summer. Heat comes from barbeque, campfires, fireworks, landscaping equipment, HVAC, fans, ovens, ranges, and kitchen appliances. Since one of these items can start a fire, stop fires before it happens with these tips.

Outdoor Safety 
• Adhere to burn bans at home and at parks. In safe conditions, burn fires in a contained area away from building and landscaping. Bring water in case fires are out of control.
• Don’t park vehicles on grass. While any grass condition could start fires, dry grass is dangerous due to lack of rain. A car’s exhaust could start a fire.
• Never grill close to the home or near trees. Watch the grill and have water or fire extinguisher on hand during cooking. Drench hot coals with water and let cool before disposal.
• Follow instructions on fireworks. Use legal fireworks; use one at a time, and retreat to a safe distance after lighting. Keep fireworks away from grass and homes. Dump water on faulty fireworks before disposal.

Indoor Safety
• Watch the range and oven during cooking. Many fires start when pots are unattended. Adjust the flame or temperature accordingly to reduce smoke, grease, and spills. Keep clothing, hair, and items away from the flame during cooking.
• Clean the stove after cooking and eating. This decreases grease, which eliminates grease fires.
• Look for chewed wiring as electrical fires in attics and basements stem from rodents or insects chewing the wire.
• In the same vein, flickering lights, power surges, and blown fuses are signs of power shortage, which an electrician should check as well.

Personal Safety
• Don’t smoke indoors. Smoke outdoors instead. Use an ashtray to catch butts. Water cigarette butts after use.
• Check on smoke detectors’ use. Faulty or old smoke detectors need a replacement while good smoke detectors need new batteries. Test the detector to make sure it works.
• Create more than one fire escape plan in the house. Teach and practice the escape route with the family.
• Flammable fluids and products should be stored away from the home. Examples include sheds, garages, and utility closets.

Because a fire can occur and cease suddenly and quickly, a professional needs to be on the scene immediately. After firefighters tame the flame, a fire damage professional will assess the damage. Their assessment will decide the best course of action to salvage the home if possible.

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