Summer outdoor parties are some of the best events of the year and once of the safest ways to enjoy summer in the midst of our ongoing pandemic.
The warm nights, food cooking on the grill, and friends and family spending quality time together in the backyard or around the pool create wonderful memories that last a lifetime. But, hosting outdoor events also means there’s an increased risk of home fires.
Fortunately, following some simple safety tips and guidelines can help ensure you and your guests stay safe. Consider the following as you host your next outdoor event:
- Have an adult present at all times when a portable fireplace is burning
- Use sturdy candle holders that won’t tip over easily
- Keep anything that can burn, as well as children and pets, at least three feet away from open flames
- Use battery-operated flameless candles and solar-powered patio (tiki) torches in place of an open flame. Flameless candles come in all colors, shapes and sizes, and many are scented. Flameless candles look and feel like the real ones, and add a beautiful soft glow to any outdoor event.
Outdoor entertaining by the numbers
- Outside fireplaces or fire pits caused nearly 3,700 grass and brush fires
- Outdoor patio heater or fire pit injuries have grown each year
- More than half of all candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle
- An average of over 8,800 home fires involved grilling activities each year
- Annually, sparklers, fountains and novelties account for up to 25% of emergency room fireworks-related injuries.
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