Fall Brings Football & New Fire Dangers | SERVPRO® of Allen
When fall hits, it’s football time in Texas. Along with football, comes tailgating, cooking…and additional fire dangers.
While it might not be cool yet here in the heart of Texas, cooler weather brings some unique fire risks. It’s worth taking the time now to learn how to protect yourself and your property.
People like to spend more time outside in the fall after the oppressive heat of summer begins to fade. Favorite outdoor activities often involve hanging around a fire, whether it’s the grill or a fire pit.
Grilling and tailgating go together, so let’s discuss them both. The single largest cause of fire with grills involves excessive grease buildup. Regular cleaning of the grill will easily prevent fires from excessive grease.
Campfires and fire pits should also be a source of concern. Knowing where and how to build a campfire is as important as knowing how to put it out.
Use a match or lighter to set fire to dry leaves or twigs, then add dry wood and bigger sticks. Never use an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid.
Fires should be far away from buildings and other flammable objects. Make sure to extinguish your firecompletely before leaving your campsite or fire pit. Slowly douse it with a bucket of water and make sure no embers remain—anything you leave behind can start up again with the right breeze.
After a long, hot Allen summer, many homeowners look forward to cleaning their yards in the fall. This includes raking, and some will burn their leaves and other yard debris.
Open burning is legal in Allen but don’t forget about the “open burning rules” in Texas.
Portable space heaters are one of the most frequent causes of home fires in fall and winter. While there may be no need for a heater yet here due to the outdoor temperatures, it’s worth mentioning in case ice-cold AC in the office has you reaching for a space heater.
Keep your heater away from anything flammable. Ensure it’s on a stable level surface and not near where any children may want to play. If possible, don’t use extension cords with heaters; plug them straight into the wall.
We’ll talk more about this later, but costumes and decorations can be fire hazards, and all these things are ubiquitous during the Halloween season, so be attentive and responsible as you celebrate.
If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.
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