With summer just around the corner, you’re probably getting ready to host summer barbeques, leave for vacation, and spend some quality time outdoors with your friends and family. It’s important to keep yourself and your family safe during the summer months, so in today’s post, we’ll cover a few important safety tips you should keep in mind as summer approaches.
Midwest Restoration Services offer a number of home restoration services in Batavia. If your home has been affected by a disaster, our restoration experts are here and ready to help you return to normal. Get in touch with us if you need fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, or mold remediation, and we’ll send a member of our team out as soon as possible.
Safety Tips for Homeowners
Use Caution Around Your Fire Pit
There’s nothing quite like gathering with your friends and family members around the fire pit on a warm summer night. While many fire pits available on today’s market are powered by electricity, many homeowners choose to use traditional wood-burning pits. If you fall into the latter category, then it’s important to know how to protect your home from potential fires.
First and foremost, always check the weather forecast before you light a fire. High winds can cause sparks to fly out of the pit, and you don’t want dry grass or weeds to cause a fire that spreads to your home.
You should also make sure that you’re using wood specifically designed to be burned. Wood that’s been sitting in your garage or in your backyard may have been treated with chemicals that are harmful to inhale, and other kinds of wood may crackle and cause sparks to fly out of the pit.
Finally, make sure that you’ve completely extinguished the pit when you’ve finished using it. Pour water on the ashes and stir them until the ashes have been completely extinguished. Embers can remain hot enough to cause a fire for at least three days, so exercise caution when you dispose of the ashes. Avoid disposing of the ashes in cardboard, plastic, or anything else that could catch fire.
Close Your Garage
Summer is the perfect time to work on your car or any hobbies located in the garage, but you should be careful not to leave it open and unattended. Open garages are one of the most common ways thieves can enter your home, so be sure to close the door whenever you take a break or go inside.
Have a Neighbor Check on Your Home
Are you planning a summertime getaway? Whether you’re going somewhere else in the United States or leaving the country entirely, you should always find a neighbor whom you can trust with a key while you’re away.
It’s unfortunate, but many homeowners return to water damage and other disasters that have occurred in their absence. You don’t want to spend time dealing with water damage restoration after you’ve had a relaxing vacation, so make time to get in touch with your neighbors well before you leave!
Contact Our Batavia Home Restoration Experts
We hope that today’s entry will help you keep your home safe this summer. We plan to continue this series in future installments, so be sure to bookmark our blog page and check back frequently to read the latest posts.
If your home has been affected by a fire, smoke, mold, or water damage, then get in touch with Midwest Restoration Services as soon as possible. We’ve helped hundreds of homeowners in Batavia and the surrounding areas restore their homes quickly, and we would love to help you, too.