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City of Reno offices closed on May 27

Reno Fire Department offers Memorial Day weekend safety tips

Post Date:05/24/2019 11:03 AM

City of Reno administrative offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day. Office closures include:

  • Reno City Hall - 1 East First Street
  • Reno Municipal Court - 1 South Sierra Street
  • All City of Reno recreation facilities. For more information about recreation facilities, call 775-334-2262.
  • Reno Police Department (RPD) front lobby - 455 East Second Street

RPD would like to advise the public of these weekend and holiday reporting options:

  • For all emergencies requiring police, fire or medical response, call or text to 9-1-1.
  • For non-emergency assistance from Dispatch, call 775-334-COPS (2677).
  • Visit RenoPD.com and click on "File a Report" to submit an online report.

Memorial Day Safety Tips

Every year, the Reno Fire Department responds to structure fires that were started from barbecues being used too close to combustibles.

According to NFPA’s statistics, in 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an annual average of 10,200 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues, including an average of 4,500 structure fires and 5,700 outside or unclassified fires. These fires resulted in 10 civilian deaths, 160 civilian injuries, and $123 million in direct property damage, on average each year. Peak months for grilling fires are July, followed by June, May and August.

The Reno Fire Department recommends that people:

  • Keep their grills at least 10 feet away from their house.
  • Make sure your grill is stable, and consider using a grill pad or mat to protect your deck or patio.
  • Check the grill for gas leaks, and make sure it’s cleaned regularly. If the flame goes out, turn the gas off, then wait approximately five minutes before you relight.
  • Keep patio decorations and umbrellas away from the grill.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, keep a bucket of sand next to the grill.
  • Never leave the grill unattended, and don’t put too much food on the grill at one time.
  • Never use a grill indoors.

There are also special City-adopted fire code requirements for multi-family rental properties:

  • Charcoal burners and open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on standard balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction, meaning anything constructed of wood, vinyl or other materials that burn.
  • Exceptions to this code include one- and two-family dwellings and balconies with automatic sprinkler systems.