Fire Safety

Enjoy the sunshine with 6 summer fire safety tips

Discover the fire and carbon monoxide risks you need to know to help you keep it sizzling and safe this summer.

Summer; it’s the season of sunshine, barbecues and lazy days by the beach. But before you fully embrace the joys of the warmer weather, it’s important to keep safety in mind.

We’re here to shine a light on some of the fire and carbon monoxide risks you need to be aware of during this sun-soaked season with 6 summer fire safety tips.

Garden safety in summer

Summer fire safety

1.Grills and barbecues

Fire up the grill, not your eyebrows! Position your grill well away from flammable objects like fences, plants, or patio furniture and keep a watchful eye on your grill at all times. For more BBQ safety tips, read our blog.

Never use your BBQ or grill indoors, even if the weather is looking drizzly. Carbon monoxide (CO) can build up and lead to serious health risks.

2.Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces

Location, location, location: Choose a safe spot for your fire pit or outdoor fireplace. Keep it at least 10 feet away from anything that can catch fire such as garden furniture, dry grass or flammable garden ornaments. When you’re ready to call it a night, make sure your fire is completely extinguished.

Summer adventures

Summer fire safety

3.Camping considerations

If you’re heading into the great outdoors, ensure your tent and camping equipment are fire-resistant and properly maintained. Carbon monoxide can also pose a risk in enclosed spaces, so never use fuel-burning equipment inside your tent, such as BBQs, and make sure you pack your portable CO alarm to be alerted at the first signs of danger.

4.Beach bonfires

Building a bonfire on the beach can be loads of fun, but always check local regulations and guidelines. Use designated fire pits if available and remember to properly extinguish the fire before leaving.

Gas safety

Summer fire safety

5.Carbon monoxide awareness: The Silent Killer

Install carbon monoxide alarms in every room with a fuel-burning appliance, flue running through it or in any bedrooms. Press to test every month to be aware if you need to replace your alarm or batteries. Not sure what carbon monoxide is or how to keep protected? We have plenty of safety advice to support you.

6.Service your appliances

Have your gas-powered appliances, such as boilers or water heaters, checked annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer before the colder weather arrives. A little TLC can go a long way in keeping you safe, this can also include booking an annual chimney sweep.

Summer fire safety

By following these simple tips, you can keep your family safe from fire and CO and ensure this summer is one to remember – for all the right reasons. For further safety tips and advice to keeping safe from fire and CO at home, take a look at our blog.