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Practice fire safety during Memorial Day Weekend and beyond

Post Date:05/21/2020 1:51 PM
As Memorial Day Weekend approaches, the Reno Fire Department (RFD) would like to remind everyone to take extra precautions this spring and summer against accidental fire ignition and burn injuries while enjoying outdoor cooking.

Grill Safety

An outdoor grill can easily cause fire and damage or destroy your property, or even worse, threaten the lives of the people you love. The National Fire Protection Association reports that half of all injuries from grills are thermal burns.

RFD offers the following safety tips:
  • Consider the location of your grill. Try to place it as far from the house and dry vegetation as possible, at least 10 feet away. The grill should also be clear from deck railings and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill area.
  • Remove grease or fat build up from the trays below the grill.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before igniting.
  • Before you dispose of coals or ash, be sure to pour water over them until the fire is out. Dispose of ashes in a metal container.
  • Never use a gas or charcoal grill inside.

Fire Pits

Roasting marshmallows around the fire pit is great, but do it safely. When setting up a fire pit, make sure it is at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible surface, and 25 feet away from dry vegetation that could cause a fire to spread. The fire must remain under 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height. Use a spark arrester to avoid embers from floating to neighboring properties and only burn clean firewood. Trash and treated lumber creates many embers and can be toxic. Before you light the fire, be sure to check the weather forecast. Avoid burning if it is windy.

Please continue to avoid large gatherings

RFD and the Regional Information Center is reminding residents to practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings for Memorial Day Weekend. We’re encouraging families to spend the holiday with those currently in your household to avoid spreading COVID-19. As has been reported, people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without showing symptoms. Good-intentioned celebrations with family and friends can lead to unintended COVID-19 transmission.