Fire Safety For Summer

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It's summer time and outdoor activities are at the seasonal high but before you light the camp fire, officials say, summer time means an increased risk of your fire getting out of control.

"Fires in the summer time are easier to get out of hand simply because of the dry conditions," says Chief C.W. Durham of the Marietta Fire Department. "Especially since we've had a lack of rain lately. The heat of the day dries out any combustible products and the fire is much more apt to spread from the ashes or the sparks that come from the fire."

Chief Durham says there is a simple list of precautions you can take to make sure your summer fun remains safe.

"Preparation is one of the best things to make sure that a fire doesn't get out of control," Chief Durham adds. "Make sure before you start any camp fire you have means of extinguishing that campfire. A lot of times people don't think about the lighters, the matches, the lighter fluid we use to start those fires. You want to make sure to have those a safe distance away from children."

Summer safety isn't something only residents need to be concerned about, when responding to fires in high temps, firefighters have to keep their safety in mind too.

"The temperatures we've been experiencing lately are a challenge for any firefighter here in the Valley," Chief Durham says. "One of the main things we do is try to keep our firefighter hydrated. We also want to make sure that we have enough personnel on scene so that our firefighters don't overexert themselves."

The heat may not be an issue however, if everyone works to practice safe summer fire procedures.

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