Summer in Ontario is wonderful because there is so much to do in our gorgeous province! Sadly, some fun summer activities can potentially cause a fire risk so we’ve provided helpful fire safety tips.
Camping with family, spending time with friends at cottages, and enjoying great boating weather are just some of the wonderful summer activities to enjoy in Ontario while the sun is shining. Regardless of how you’re enjoying the summer season, it’s important to be aware of preventative fire safety.
Five Summer Fire Safety Tips
Tips for the Home
- Ensure your fire extinguisher(s) is in good working order.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries when necessary.
- Ensure you have created a fire escape plan and make sure your whole family is familiar with it.
Tips for the BBQ
- Never leave the grill unattended.
- Use BBQs outdoors only and never in enclosed spaces – this is a major fire hazard and you could expose your family to toxic gases.
- Don’t leave flammable materials near the BBQ.
- Ensure propane tanks are properly fitted.
- Clean the drip tray regularly.
Tips for Fireworks
- Keep a hose or bucket of water nearby in case of an emergency.
- Never leave children unattended with sparklers – they burn extremely hot and can start fires very quickly, even to clothing.
- Children should never oversee discharging fireworks.
- Your family should be a safe distance away and against the wind, so debris doesn’t blow in their direction.
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Tips for Campfires
- Campfires should be built far away from tents and trailers and never on dry grass or leaves.
- You should always put out the fire with sand and water.
- Don’t use gasoline to start the fire.
- Ensure nothing flammable is close to the campfire.
- Never put anything but wood into the fire.