Summer is an excellent time to get outside and enjoy all sorts of adventures. However, it’s also prime time for fires, meaning you need to be especially careful. The Lancaster County fire departments of Lancaster County Fire Rescue want you to be aware of these five important summertime fire safety tips:

  1. Pay attention when grilling – If you plan on grilling out this season, remember to keep the grill away from overhanging branches and your house. Clean the grill before you use it to remove any grease or fat. As you’re cooking, always try to stay at least three feet away from the grill and never leave it unattended.
  2. Be careful with campfires – Campfires are a true summertime tradition. But no matter how often you’ve built one, you need to keep in mind proper outdoor burning safety procedures. Never leave a fire unattended or allow young children to play near the fire.
  3. Check your outdoor machinery and fuel – Only use lawn mowers, weed trimmers, and other equipment that are in good working condition. These machines can be potential fire hazards. Store all fuel properly, keeping gas cans outside and upright.
  4. Test your alarm systems – Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors regularly. These alarms let you know when there’s a danger so you can evacuate your home. These devices really can save your life.
  5. Teach your children about fire safety. With school out for the summer, children are spending more time at home. Review the basic dos and don’ts of fire prevention for kids. Make sure they know what to watch out for, what to stay away from, and when to call for help.

Here at Lancaster County Fire Rescue, we want to make our communities as safe as possible. Our volunteer firefighters hope you and your family have a safe and fun summer!