Summer Fires: 3 simple ways to avoid them

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While the summer heat brings us long days soaking up the sun with family and friends, we all need to do our part in protecting the spreading of fire, especially in the dry season that summer can bring to our state.

Summer is such a special time for all of us. Whether we are out camping in the glorious landscape our state has to offer, taking the boat out or having family and friends over for those summer barbeques; we all need to be conscience and aware of the potential of fire spreading.

Summer brings the heat causing our climate to be dry in Colorado. Did you know that any activity that produces a spark can also cause a fire? Embers can travel long distances meaning these little embers ignite fires a long way from where they originated. So always just check the local regulations before engaging having open fires, NEVER leave a fire unattended and be careful when children are present.

One of the favorite summer activities is relaxing outside and grilling in the back yard. Always be aware of your surroundings and where you’re using your grill. Make sure your grill is away from long hanging branches, deck railings and exterior walls of your home. Children should always stay at least 3 feet away from the grill to lower any risks of being burned and even pets for that matter should be trained to stay away while grilling.

Last year, I was told to always clean the residue on the surface and burners to avoid any grill fires. Along with keeping everything clean before and after using the grill, I also noticed that the food tasted much better than before.

Lastly, fireworks are an issue every year, and I just wanted people to be aware of the dangers using LEGAL fireworks. Kids of all ages and especially younger ones love to run around with sparklers in their hands. Even though these “fireworks” seem harmless, many people do not know that sparklers burn approximately 5 times hotter than at the temperature to which water boils at.

So let’s get out there and enjoy everything summer has to offer but let’s always take a step back and make sure that we are doing everything to keep fires controlled and kids and everyone around us, out of harm’s way.

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