Spring has sprung, and with springtime often comes a few spells of hot weather, leaving most Brits fleeing the indoors and sitting in our gardens with barbecues waiting to get back into action.
So with a few more potential fire hazards coming about in the springtime, here are 6 spring fire protection tips to keep your building safe.
- Maintain outdoor grills and before and after use
When it comes to preparing and cooking up a delicious selection of grilled grub on the barbecue grill, fire is completely unavoidable, creating a huge range of potential risks and dangers.
Make absolutely sure the grill is clean before preparing any food on it; failure to properly clean the grill before and after usage is a significant cause of many grill structure-related
fires and incidents.
- Fire alarms
Having a fully working and regularly maintained smoke alarm in your home significantly reduces your chances of dying in a house fire. Every floor in your home should have a smoke alarm, and you should always carefully review the directions on how to operate it as well as whereabouts to locate it. Newcastle fire alarm installers are available to position them securely for you.
They should be mounted on the ceiling or on the wall and six to twelve inches below the ceiling. It is also highly advised to fixate smoke alarms near the bedroom so that you’re more likely to hear them when you are asleep.
- Set up barbecues in clear and open outdoor areas
Also, you should ensure the barbecue is placed up in an open, outside location with lots of room and nothing flammable around it. It’s obvious that barbecues should be set up outdoors as they let off large amounts of smoke and have rather large flames that can set anything nearby alight. Keeping the grill clear of any flammable items will ensure that nothing catches fire, which would lead to dangerous implications. Keeping the grills open from trees, leaves, and bushes, for example, will ensure nothing is close to the fire that could be set alight.
- Outdoor fires and fire pits
Since you may be spending a lot more time outside during the spring period, you may decide to set up an outdoor fire for the evening time. To keep as protected from the fires as possible, you should always use a designated fire pit and ensure that you never under any circumstances leave the fire unattended, and certainly don’t leave children unattended around it. Even if it’s just a small fire, fire can spread rapidly and easily, all it takes is some slight wind. Therefore, you should always keep fires attended to and ideally have a fire extinguisher close by in case the fire were to spread and get out of hand.
- Avoid dryers if the weather is dry
Try drying your laundry outside in the warmer months of spring if you have the room for a washing line and the weather is dry. Bear in mind that failing to maintain clothes dryers and keep them clean is the biggest cause of dryer fires, so cleaning them is an essential tip, but ditching them in dry months is even safer.
- Ensure there are accessible escape plans
Make sure everyone in the house, especially youngsters, and those with disabilities, has an accessible escape plan. A floor design with two exits for each room could be drawn.