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.

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Recent Las Vegas fires:

  •  http://www.8newsnow.com/story/18866350/apartment-fire-displaces-four
  • http://www.8newsnow.com/story/18841620/kitchen-fire-kills-pet-cat-no-other-injuries
  • http://www.8newsnow.com/story/18833113/breaking-news-massive-fire-near-wigwam-and-stephanie
  • http://www.8newsnow.com/story/18862893/breaking-news-house-fire-on-decatur-boulevard
  • http://www.8newsnow.com/story/18799581/breaking-news-nlv
  • http://www.8newsnow.com/story/18855798/breaking-news-building-fire-near-g-street-and-jackson-avenue
  • http://www.8newsnow.com/story/18819461/fire-destroys-henderson-condo-complex
  • http://www.8newsnow.com/story/18841920/apartment-fire-displaces-five-families
  • http://www.8newsnow.com/story/18808593/two-dogs-die-in-apartment-fire
  • http://www.8newsnow.com/story/18845167/15-displaced-by-apartment-fire-in-las-vegas
  • http://www.8newsnow.com/story/18696359/breaking-news-fire-crews-battle-apartment-blaze