Summer fires hit Las Vegas

If you’ve watched the news in Las Vegas recently, you’ll notice a bizarre thing; fires are popping up all around the Las Vegas metro. Although it’s summer and the weather is dry, it seems as if there’s a new fire every few days. People have lost their homes, their pets and even their lives due to fires in our valley. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 3,500 Americans die each year in fires and approximately 18,300 are injured. Here are a few tips to protect your family against fires here in the Las Vegas valley.

According to FEMA, the summer months afford us more opportunities to cook for friends and family, with this opportunity comes dangerous cooking fires. These fires are the number one cause of structural fires during the summer and the second leading cause of fires overall.

May 2012 Las Vegas House Fire

When cooking, to prevent fires:

  • Make sure all cords are in good condition. Don’t use cords with frayed parts or exposed wires.
  • Don’t use extension cords for appliances as they could overload the circuit.
  • Clean the coils on your refrigerator and keep the unit away from the wall a few inches for air flow.
  • Keep grills away from the house and wet coals after use.
  • Do not squirt lighter fluid on an open flame.
  • Don’t leave cooking food unattended.

Fires increase by 60% on the 4th of July in the US so practice safe fireworks:

  • Don’t light fireworks in the grass. Only light fireworks on a gravel or concrete surface.
  • Keep water nearby to put out any smoldering ashes.
  • Don’t lean over fireworks and keep the wick pointed away from all people.
  • Don’t act as a wind-blocker to fireworks as this could cause clothing to ignite or death.

Taking heed of these tips can lead to a safer summer and a festive 4th of July. Use common sense and be cautious around fire.

House fires:

Recent Las Vegas fires:


2 thoughts on “Summer fires hit Las Vegas

  1. With The 4th coming up it was great to bring this to interest. There are so many people who get injured especially on Fourth of July. These tips should really help people out and get more people educated on this matter. I had no idea how many people are injured and even die each year from fires. It’s crazy! All of this can and should be prevented. I already know of several states who band fireworks because it is too dangerous and there are too many problems. Yes, it is fun and a way to celebrate but should we really be doing it at the expense of people getting injured or worse. Everyone really needs to pay more attention to what they do with fire or flammable products. Good job bringing this to everyones attention!

  2. You’re right, Summer brings about most if not all of these fires in the valley and out of state areas. However, this Summer has been so crazy, because there’s a fire everywhere every day. I don’t think we even need to own BBQ grills anymore. All we have to do is fine the closest fire and bingo! Dinner! The fires in Colorado are insane right now as well. It destroyed around 250 homes and was only 15% contained last I heard on Thursday.

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