From family BBQs and picnics to outdoor corporate events, it seems that outside is the place to be when the weather is fine. Enjoying the sunshine safely and responsibly, however, should always be top of your priority list. In this article, we’ll explore the top causes of summer fires and how to prevent them.
While indoor fires are not likely to be affected by seasonality, the likelihood of outdoor fires does increase in the summer months. This is triggered by multiple factors, namely the hot, dry atmosphere and the increase in BBQs, outdoor cooking, camping and other outdoor activities.
Causes of Fire in Summer
- Grass and heathlands: Thousands of fires across the UK each year begin on grass or heathland. The combination of dry foliage with hot summer temperatures can spark a fire, along with carelessness from the general public. All it takes is one discarded cigarette or piece of litter to spark a fire, while other more obvious sources, such as camp fires, are also culprits. If not contained, then this fire can be a danger to wildlife and property.
- BBQs: Summer is BBQ season, but if a BBQ or other outdoor cooking receptacle is not set up in a sensible stable place or is knocked over, then this can cause a fire incident.
- Fire pits or heaters: Fire pits and outdoor heaters create a beautiful ambience for an outdoor event in summer but can be a source of fire risk, especially if fire safety measures have not been put in place to respond quickly to a fire event.