SAFETY ALERT – DISPOSE OF ASHES & COALS WITH CARE
We recently responded to a fire where ashes had been discarded into a plastic garbage can, which then caught fire. Thankfully, a neighbor noticed the fire before it extended into the home.
Please be aware that coals and ashes can remain hot enough to start a fire for days after you think the fire is out. The exact amount of time it takes for a fire to be completely extinguished depends on how hot the fire was, what was burning, how much unburned fuel remains, etc.
To properly dispose of ashes or coals we recommend the following:
Allow ashes and coals to cool in the area where you had the fire for several days. These devices are designed to contain heat safely.
After several days time, dispose of the ashes by transferring them to a metal container and then wetting them down.
Keep the metal container outside your home and away from any combustibles until the refuse is hauled away.
DO NOT place any other combustibles in the metal container.
DO NOT use a combustible container.
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