The warm days of summer create an ideal backdrop to see a new city, spend time in the great outdoors or celebrate with fireworks. Before you leave for vacation, check out these summer fire safety tips.

Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are a popular way to celebrate during the summer. The 4th of July, camping trips and warm nights are all around the corner. In 2017, almost half of all fireworks-related injuries occurred because of misuse. If fireworks are legal in your area, take the following safety precautions.

  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch a professional display.
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby to put out a fire if needed.
  • After lighting fireworks, move several feet away quickly.
  • Don’t allow children to light or handle fireworks. Even sparklers burn around 2000 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Only use fireworks if they’re legal in your city.
  • Store fireworks in a cool place away from other flammable items.
  • Never light fireworks indoors.
  • Wear tight-fitting clothing and goggles while lighting fireworks.

Campfire Safety

Campfires are synonymous with smores, ghost stories and stargazing. It’s one of the perks of spending time outdoors. However, campfires can get out of hand easily. The following tips will help you enjoy your next camping trip without sacrificing safety.

  • Never let children or pets get too close to the fire.
  • Check weather conditions before starting a campfire. Avoid burning on dry, windy days or when campfires aren’t permitted by your local fire department.
  • Keep a bucket of water or shovel and dirt nearby to put out the fire if needed.
  • Always watch a burning fire. Even small sparks can burn out of control in a short amount of time.
  • Make sure campfires are 25 feet away from any structure or flammable material.

Travel Safety

Road trips often mean staying in hotels or rented home. Exploring a new city is an exciting way to spend your vacation. Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to give up your fire safety.

  • Test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home away from home. You might want to consider bringing extra batteries with you or even a portable detector.
  • Review evacuation routes and discuss with whoever is traveling with you. When an emergency happens, you don’t usually have enough time to create a plan on the spot.
  • Try to book hotels or rentals that contain sprinklers, fire extinguishers and multiple exits. Once you arrive, make sure these safety devices are in place.
  • If you smoke, never throw cigarette butts out of your car window. Keep lighters away from children.

We hope these tips help you enjoy a summer free of a fire disaster. If you experience fire damage, contact us at (844) 338-5447. ServiceMaster Restoration by Bailey is your local fire and water damage restoration expert in Des Moines and Ankeny, Iowa. We’re available any time day or night for emergency restoration services. Our team also provides pack-out and storageconstruction cleanup and hard flooring care The sooner you call, the more damage we can prevent.