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Spring Fire Safety Tips 

Spring has sprung and it is important that we do not forget about Fire Safety.

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  Here are some easy fire safety tips that will help ensure a safe fire-free entrance to summer:

  • Smoke detector batteries should be checked, and replaced if necessary.
  • Smoke detector units should be cleared of dust.
  • Fire extinguishers should be checked, and recharged if necessary.
  • Electric wiring should be checked for damage, and replaced if necessary.
  • Electric outlets and extension cords should not be overloaded.
  • Air conditioning units and electrical cords should be checked.
  • Barbecue gas grills (including gas hoses) and propane tanks should be inspected prior to use.
  • Never burn yard waste or trash.  This is very dangerous and is illegal.
  • Windows should be checked to make sure they open and close properly, in case they are needed as exits.
  • Review family fire escape plans.
  • Fuels for lawn and garden equipment should be stored in an approved container only.
  • Pesticides and chemicals should be stored in an approved container and away from children.
  • Oil based paints and solvents should be stored in a metal cabinet.

Barbecue grill fire safety tips

The outdoor cookout season is in full swing now that summer is right around the corner.  The following are a few helpful hints in making your outdoor barbecue a fire safe event.

Propane gas grills

  • Before each use, check hoses for signs of wear and tear, and that the connection to the tank is tight.
  • Remove excess grease buildup from the unit to prevent flare ups.
  • Periodically check the inside gas tubes for the buildup of spider webs that can cause blockage, causing gas to backflow into the control valves where it could potentially ignite.
  • An orange flame is an indication that there is an obstruction in the gas tubes that lead to the burners.  Flame should be blue in color.
  • When igniting the grill, make sure the lid or cover is in the open position.
  • Never leave the unit unattended while cooking, and keep children at a safe distance.
  • Always shut the tank off after each use.
  • If the unit catches fire, do not attempt to extinguish it, especially if propane is burning freely.  Call the fire department.  Propane will reignite with explosive force.
  • Proper location and placement of the unit is very important.  Keep the unit away from the sides or back of your home, as well as open windows.  If fire occurs, it will spread to the building.
  • Use common sense and read the manufacturer’s directions.

Charcoal grills

  • Careful use of charcoal starter fluid is very important.  Follow the direction on the can and never apply additional fluid once the fire has been ignited.
  • The use of an electric starter or paper is an alternate method, and pre-treated charcoal should also be used.
  • Place all ashes in metal cans.
  • Soak with water for a minimum 24 hours prior to disposal in trash receptacles