6 Common Summer Fire Hazards and How to Avoid Them

Summer is synonymous with longer days, outdoor activities, and often, an uptick in fire incidents. As temperatures soar, certain risks—especially those related to electrical systems—become more prevalent. Understanding and mitigating these risks can help ensure a safe and enjoyable summer. Here are some specific and actionable tips provided by ROS Electric, your trusted partner in electrical safety, to help you navigate the season without incident.

1. Outdoor Grilling: Keep It Safe and Separate

Grilling is a quintessential part of summer. However, it’s also a common source of fire hazards. Position your grill well away from your home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Always clean your grill after each use, as grease buildup can ignite. Never leave your grill unattended when in use. As simple as these tips may seem, they are often overlooked, leading to preventable accidents.

2. Air Conditioning Units: Maintenance is Key

Air conditioners are in high demand during the summer months. To avoid electrical fires, ensure that your AC units are properly maintained. Regularly check and replace the filters to prevent dust buildup, which can overheat the unit. Ensure that your air conditioner is installed correctly and that any extension cords used are of the appropriate gauge and length. If you notice any unusual sounds or smells coming from your AC unit, shut it off immediately and contact a professional.

3. Overloaded Circuits: Beware of Summer Power Demands

Summer can bring about increased electrical loads with the use of air conditioners, fans, and pool pumps. Avoid plugging multiple high-energy consuming appliances into the same outlet or power strip. This can overload your home’s electrical circuits and potentially cause a fire. If your circuit breakers frequently trip, it’s a sign that your circuits are overloaded and it’s time to call in a licensed electrician for an assessment.

4. Flammable Liquids: Store with Care

Summer activities often require the use of flammable liquids like gasoline for lawn mowers and other equipment. Store all flammable liquids outside of your home in clearly labeled, non-glass containers. Keep them away from heat sources and out of the reach of children. Always use these liquids outside and pour slowly to avoid splashes and vapors that could ignite.

5. Landscaping: Keep It Trimmed and Tidy

Overgrown vegetation can be a fire hazard, particularly during dry summer months. Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained, and trim any branches that come close to electrical wires or your home. Clear dead plants or bushes as these can easily catch fire due to their dry condition.

6. Fireworks: Fun but Fickle

Fireworks are a hallmark of summer celebrations but use them responsibly. Always follow local laws regarding fireworks and use them away from buildings, vehicles, and vegetation. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of fire, and never attempt to relight “dud” fireworks.

Stay Vigilant and Be Prepared

While enjoying the summer weather, staying aware of these common hazards and taking preventive steps can make all the difference. At ROS Electric, we’re committed to helping you maintain a safe and secure home environment. If you suspect any issues with your home’s electrical system or need advice on safe practices, do not hesitate to reach out to us. Let’s ensure your summer is memorable for all the right reasons—safety first!

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