So it’s going to be another hot summer for Indiana. What’s that mean for us? No lawn mowing! Actually, it means a greater chance for a fire breaking out! After going on a fire two weeks ago, in which a hay barn caught fire and burned to the ground by the time we arrived on scene (5 minutes after getting the call), I got to thinking about the summer heat, and how deadly it can turn.
Here are some summertime tips for you to avoid a visit to the ER, or having your friendly firefighter show up at your door.
1. Know the fire triangle – For a fire to begin and sustain itself, it needs only 3 things.
Each of these are needed to start and sustain a fire. The more of these things a fire has available to it, the longer it will continue and do more damage. The one thing I stress to folks, is that fuel can be anything: wood, carpet, toys, and yes grills.
2. Grilling out
- When at home, set your grill at least 10’ or more away from any structures
- Never grill from under an enclosed structure (closed in porches etc) when at home
- Use charcoal that starts with just a match
- Use the grill’s lid to cover your grill
- Safely dispose of your coals in a non-flammable container
3. Watch your sun in-take
- Wear sunscreen – your skin can boil in high temperatures and you can start to blister rapidly
- Drink water – don’ drink Gatorade (it can mess up your electrolytes)
- Take breaks in the air-conditioning often
- Wear light colored, non-heavy clothing
4. Dispose of cigarettes properly – use the ash trays, or at the very least a cup water, instead of your lawn to put out smokes. Dry grass and smokes don’t mix well!
5. Obey no-burn ordinances – fire departments can give you a court summons in the form of a ticket if you disobey this law.
I hope this helps you have a safe summer!
Fire Marshal Bill