According to regulatory bodies, summer is one of the most dangerous times of year when it comes to fire related injuries. So as the weather heats up we decided to take a look at a few different ways you can keep your barbecues, campfires and other activities safe and contained.
A part of the garden where you’d have struggled to keep a flame lit just a couple of weeks ago might well have dried out by now and become a potential fire risk.
Trees overhead, nearby plants, decking and garden furniture all need to be kept a good distance from any naked flames, outdoor cooking or other flames that might come along as you start spending more time in the gardens.
Barbecues are notoriously tricky to get started, so there’s always a strong temptation to fuel the fire by any means available. Lighter fluid especially.
But this takes away a significant part of your control, and can be very hazardous, especially if the container is left near the fire or cooker. So do just a little research on getting the fire going safely, and give yourself a bit of extra time so you’re not in a hurry to get the temperature up.
A camp fire’s an iconic part of sleeping in the wilds during the summer, and even though you might feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere the same safety rules apply. This is particularly relevant when it comes to your gear.
Make sure any fires are well contained and kept away from your tent, and its guylines. There’s always a lot of other gear kicking around when camping, so make sure your backpack, washing lines, equipment and gas canisters are all secure and away from the flame.
If you do get a barbecue, camp fire, fire pit or any other form of fun summer flame going, make sure you’re prepared for how you’re going to put it out before you even light the match.
If you’re ready and prepared it can save you vital seconds and minutes should the wind suddenly hit and things look like they might get out of control. The right options to extinguish whatever kind of fire you’ve got going should be immediately to hand the moment you need them, which will allow you to relax a bit more and enjoy your summer safely.