Outdoor Fire Pit Maintenance and Precautions

Fire pits—whether they are portable or permanent—can provide warmth, ambiance, and style to outdoor gatherings. Since summertime is often associated with fire pit get-togethers, owners should be careful about the potential dangers if they fail to perform maintenance and take proper precautions. Necessary Maintenance Routine basic upkeep of outdoor fire pits is required just like an indoor fireplace would need. If you do not use your fire pit year round, thoroughly clean it at the beginning of each heavy-use season and remove excess ash buildup from previous use. During winter and spring months when fire pits are not used as…

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Local Fire Caused by Charcoal Highlights the Risks of Cooking without Precautions

Charcoal briquettes that were still hot after a family was finished grilling caused a fire on Sunday in Prince George’s County. Grilling is a fun activity for the whole family, but includes inherent risks of injury and property damage. In this case, there were luckily no reported injuries; however the property damage was estimated to be around $100,000. Education and hazard awareness help to mitigate risks so that this type of suffering does not need to occur. The Prince George’s County Fire Department provides the following tips for grilling in their Summer Safety First series: Never use a grill indoors…

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2 Recent Fires in DC Homes Highlight Danger of Broken Smoke Detectors

Two homes in DC were burned after fires broke out on Tuesday, June 4th. Both fires broke out in buildings with non-functioning smoke detectors. One woman died from her injuries after being rescued by firefighters, and a dog was found dead after the other fire. These fires demonstrate the danger of having broken or absent smoke alarms in the home. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that households without functioning smoke alarms have double the death rate from fires compared to households with a sufficient amount of working smoke alarms. Here are some tips from the NFPA about how…

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Fireworks Safety Tips for the Fourth

It’s no surprise that fireworks maim and injure people every year. Just ask Jason Pierre Paul. The NFL defensive end decided to light some fireworks on July 4th of 2015. His dramatic encounter with fireworks cost him part of his hand and quite a bit of money. His dramatic encounter with fireworks will forever be the event he remembers about his life. In 2016 alone there were 11,100 reported injuries in the U.S. Fireworks can be enjoyable, but need to be handled safely. Listed below are some tips from the Red Cross to enjoy fireworks safely: Stay at least 500…

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