As a volunteer fire fighter here in our mountains the Summer heat and dryness pose fire hazards that are different from the winter. So here are some tips to stay safe in the summer. These tips are for around the home. Campers you have your own set of rules
1 In the summer we grill. And of course gas grills are more and more popular. Consider getting little flags and attaching them to the grill. In this way when the grill is on the flags could be in the up position and when it is off they will be in the down position. The flags I am talking about are those little flags on wire posts that are used to mark gas or electric lines. This way a quick look out side will tell you whether or not you forgot to turn the grill off.
2 Never ever ever throw cigarette butts out a window. Empty your ash tray into a metal container and douse it with water. If you are grilling with charcoal store the remains for at least 2 days in a metal container with a lid before disposing of.
3 If you have those low voltage lights that go on in the evening up a drive way make sure you have buried the line. The line does not have to be down more than an inch or 2 . But it should be covered with dirt. It should not be laid on the ground and covered with Pine Straw. We have been to 1 fire this year where the lights started a fire. The ground is hot and pine straw burns so it doesn't take much.
4 If you are having an outdoor party , and why not in this weather, make sure the ground around your tiki torches or citronella candles is cleared. If you are on a deck make sure that down below is clear. We have had one fire like this too from a dripping candle.
5 Always keep water or a fire extinquisher handy when cooking out side. Usually a fire starts small and this safety tip is the best way to stop a fire from getting big.
These 5 tips will help you prevent fire in the summer. Remember when it is hot and dry one careless mistake can set a fire that could do a lot of damage to you, your home, and your surroundings.