Summer is a great time to kick back, relax, take a few extra days off and enjoy family and friends. As we spend a lot of time outdoors, we also want to be safe as there are many activities during the summer that while very enjoyable and relaxing, can also potentially cause a fire hazard and damage to your home.

Our Emergency Moving Expert, Joe Geary, has complied a short list of activities and tips to help make the rest of your summer is relaxing and safe along the way.


Outdoor cookout

Who doesn’t love grilling outdoors during the summer – it is a national pastime! However, this fun activity can be dangerous unless proper guidelines are followed. Avoid a fire hazard with these easy tips:

  • Make sure your grill is far enough away from the house. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends at least 10 feet away from your home or any tree branches.
  • You should also take the time on several occasions to inspect the grill and any parts. That includes any type of connections, hoses, connections to a propane tank or any other connections in the grill. Replace any parts if necessary.
  • You also need to clean out the grill below the burners. Grease can accumulate in the grill and a grease fire is very difficult to put out.

Overloaded Circuits

Chargers in an outlet

During the summer, electrical circuits can become overloaded, mainly due to the use of air conditioners. Overloaded outlets and circuits carry too much electricity, which generates heat in undetectable amounts. The heat causes wear on the internal wiring system and can ignite a fire. Prevent the dangers that can occur by overloading an outlet with these helpful tips:

  • Do not plug more than two appliances into an outlet at once. Never “add on” additional appliances to extension cords or outlets.
  • Major appliances that are heavy power users such as air conditioners, refrigerators, stoves, dryers, washers, etc. sho