Grass Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

Grass fires are very hot and it can produce a large amount of heat that can kill anyone caught out in the open or within its area or range.

Grass fire can start surprisingly easily and often without our knowledge. Grass fire doesn’t take much time to develop into a wild fire, and although we people had been educated about grass fire prevention, some of us still tend to create grass fire unconsciously, due to careless human efforts, like burning garbage in an open area with a large range of dried leaves and grass, abandoning a smoldering camp fire, and the most common cause of grass fire, that is throwing a cigarette or cigar butts on a ground or out of a car.

We all know that fire doesn’t take much of a breeze to fuel a grass-kindled flame from a few yards into an inferno spanning several acres. Preventing a grass fire from turning into a destructive blaze is not just as simple as snapping of our finger. So we had to plan ahead as much as possible in a situation and time that we can’t control. And always keep in mind that in the vicinity of a grass fire, keep the burnt ground in mind as the safe refuge

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A very prudent idea to reduce the grass fire transferring within your property areas is to cut and trim tall, dry grass. So what should you do to prepare for the worst? Planning ahead is vital so that you had already know what to do in case if a fire starts.

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Safety Tips to Prevent Grass fires

Brush and grass fires can sometimes start from natural causes, like lightning. However , according to national fire protection association, these types of fie can often be prevented by following a few simple safety tips.

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To prevent grass fire do not throw cigarette or cigar butts on the ground or out of the vehicle. Dispose them properly and make sure that they are already extinguished.

  • Do not burn trash or leaves or bush in an open area with a wide range of dried leaves, and grass, because it can create a grass fire accidentally.
  • Keep a 30-foot “safety zone” surrounding the home clear of bush and cedar, especially for those living in the woodland area.
  • Grass should be cut short in this area as well. For homes that sit on a steep slope, the safety zone should be increased accordingly.
  • Rake leaves, cut off dead limbs and cut grass regularly, and remove dead branches that extend over the roof.
  • Do not park cars, trucks, or recreational vehicles on dry grass or shrubs. Exhausted systems on vehicles can reach a temperature of more than 1000 degrees; it only takes about 500 degrees to start a bush fire in the summer. After use, place grill ashes in a metal bucket and soak in water.
  • Keep a shovel, bucket of water, fire extinguisher, or other fire suppression tools on hand.
  • Parents should emphasize to their children the dangers of playing with fire. Many grass fire are started by children who have no idea of how quickly flames can grow and spread, stress to children the importance of not playing with fire-especially in grassy areas, fire can spread quickly and children need to be inform in potential threat.

Now that the summer looms, we are anxious to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Make sure you are prepared and educated on what you should do when you encounter a fire, in your journeys, and have a happy and healthy summer months.

 

Sources:

Fire department

Tri Country news

National Fire Protection Association

http://wpri.com/weather-2/safety-tips-to-prevent-brush-grass-and-forest-fires/

http://www.tricountynews.mn/newsx/crime-safety-news/33104-tips-for-preventing-grass-fires

 

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