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A home fire broke out Sunday morning in Beverly, England, when a fire pit used earlier that day ignited nearby garden furniture and spread to fencing near the home’s garage. It was an extensive fire that caused significant damage.

Thanks to working smoke alarms, two adults and three children escaped unharmed prior to the arrival of the fire service.

Smoke alarms central“The smoke alarm did its job and alerted the family to the fire, it could have been a far different outcome had this not happened. I urge all residents to ensure they have working smoke alarms in their homes. If a fire does break out, it could save your life,” said Steve Hellewell, community safety manager at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.
Smoke alarms can and do make a life-saving difference in a fire. Use this story as a reminder to test yours today!

A recent article on reminds people to use caution when heading out to use the grill this summer. The author quoted the Altoona, Blair County Fire Inspector who says he responds to nearly 500 calls about outdoor grilling fires and burns during an average summer. That’s 500 calls too many in my book.  Grills

Thankfully, the word is spreading about the proper use of grills, but there’s still lots of work to be done. Consider the facts from NFPA’s Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment report:

  • Gas grills constitute a higher risk, having been involved in an annual average of 7,200 home fires in 2007 – 2011, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average of 1,400 home fires.

As June and July are the peak months for grilling fires, and with the July 4th holiday fast approaching, sooner is better than later when it comes to following important safety considerations. I say, let’s start working on reducing these numbers.

NFPA has some great tips to follow when you fire up the grill this summer. Download our grilling safety tips sheet or our newest grilling infographic developed by the U.S. Fire Administration, and keep it handy. We have lots more information, too, on our grilling safety web pages. Check them all out. Then share them with family and friends. Start a dialogue and get everyone working together ... let’s all have a safe and fun summer season.

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