As we embrace the summer months, we welcome pleasant weather and the opportunity to indulge in outdoor activities. If you own or manage a property, ensuring the safety and well-being of your tenants must always be a top priority. Lack of proper safety measures and awareness of community rules can potentially lead to accidental fires.
To prevent fires and promote fire safety, we have compiled a list of summer fire safety tips:
Smoking and Non-smoking Area: To ensure safety during the summer months when outdoor activities increase, it is important to establish designated smoking and non-smoking areas. Provide a secure space specifically for smoking that is devoid of potential dangers. You can provide trash cans with built-in ashtrays to encourage people not to discard cigarette buds on the ground or grass. In addition, we highly recommend prohibiting smoking on balconies or patios as this can lead to serious fires. Make sure to clearly mark smoking and non-smoking areas with large and easily visible signs.
HVAC Systems: During the summer months, HVAC systems often work harder to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature, possibly leading to issues such as electrical malfunctions, overheating, or mechanical failures. In addition, HVAC systems can accumulate dust, dirt, and other debris if they are not regularly cleaned and maintained. This buildup can impair the cooling capacity, and increase the likelihood of overheating. To mitigate fire risks associated with HVAC systems, we advise property owners and managers to schedule regular inspections and maintenance by qualified professionals. Taking proactive measures to maintain HVAC systems helps protects the property and its occupants.
Grilling: Grilling is a popular summer activity. It brings people together for delicious meals and outdoor enjoyment. For everyone's safety, set up your grill in a safe location, away from flammable materials such as overhanging branches, dry vegetation, or wooden structures. Maintain a safe distance between the grill and any structures or objects, such as buildings, fences, or outdoor furniture. Never leave a lit grill unattended; In many cases, a serious fire begins when people leave the grill unattended. Make sure to follow all the safety rules and regulations to enjoy a safe and enjoyable grilling experience while reducing the risk of fire accidents.
Bonfires, Campfires, and Fire Pits: Summer evenings are perfect for gathering around a bonfire/campfire and enjoying the outdoors. Whether it is in the backyard or on an open field, you always need to check local regulations and restrictions. We strongly recommend not having fire pits on balconies or patios even if it's electric. Select a safe location for your fire, ensuring it is away from flammable materials. You also need to keep the fire small and manageable and prepare necessary fire safety equipment at all times.
Wildfire: If your property is located in an area prone to wildfires, you need to develop a comprehensive wildfire evacuation plan. This plan should be created in coordination with local authorities. Make sure that this plan is effectively communicated to your occupants/employees. They should thoroughly understand the procedures and the designated evacuation routes. In addition, perform regular fire risk mitigation practices including regularly clearing dry leaves and debris from gutters and maintaining a defensible space around the property.