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Summer season: peak time for grilling fires

As the warmer temperatures are upon us, backyard chefs everywhere are dusting off their grills, eager to spring into the long-awaited barbeque season. Holding a barbecue should be a safe and fun experience for everyone. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that grillers pay particular attention to safety in the spring and summer months when home fires involving grilling incidents occur most often.

Three out of five households own a gas grill, which translates to a lot of tasty meals. But it also means there’s an increased risk of home fires. Each year an average of 8,800 home fires are caused by grilling, and close to half of all injuries involving grills are due to thermal burns. While nearly half of the people who grill do so year-round, July is the peak month for grilling fires followed by May, June and August.


While gas grills contribute to a higher number of home fires overall than their charcoal counterparts, everyone needs to be reminded that all types of grills pose a risk for fires and burn injuries. More than one-quarter (27 percent) of home structure grill fires started on a courtyard, terrace or patio, while 29 percent started on an exterior balcony or open porch, and six percent began in the kitchen.

“As we get outdoors to enjoy the warmer temperatures, grilling will become more active. Be sure your grill is working properly and review safety tips,” advises Tom Bowden, President of the Wicomico County Fire Chiefs Association. “It’s good practice to check for damage before using the grill for the first time each year. Propane gas hose leaks or breaks were the leading factors contributing to gas grill fires. Along with checking for hose damage, clean and check the entire grill regularly.” 


When grilling, the following safety tips are recommended:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors. Never use a barbecue indoors or in tents. This is a dangerous fire hazard and can cause high levels of carbon monoxide.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children, pets, and outdoor games at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Use long-handled grilling tools to give the chef plenty of clearance from heat and flames
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and in the trays below.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Allow the barbecue to cool before attempting to move it.

 

This safety reminder brought to you by the Wicomico County Fire Chiefs Association.

 

 

 

 

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PITTSVILLE VOL. FIRE DEPT.

PRESENTS

BEFORE THE FIRE PROGRAM

The Members and Officers of the Pittsville Volunteer Fire Dept. have acknowledged and recognized that Fire Prevention shouldn't just be recognized one week out of the year, in fact it needs to be recognized every day throughout the year. We would like to offer our services to you by conducting a check of your smoke alarms which will include checking the following...

  • BATTERY

  • LOCATION

  • CONDITION

WE WILL ALSO REPLACE AND OR INSTALL NEW SMOKE DETECTORS AND OR BATTERY'S IF NEEDED FOR FREE. THIS SERVICE IS FREE TO OUR COMMUNITY. HOWEVER DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.

ONCE A MONTH THE MEMBERS AND OFFICERS OF THE FIRE DEPT WILL BE GOING AROUND DIFFERENT AREAS OF OUR COMMUNITY, (DOOR TO DOOR) AND FIRE DISTRICT TO PROVIDE THIS SERVICE. HOWEVER IF YOU  KNOW OR THINK THAT YOU ARE IN NEED OF A SMOKE DETECTOR PLEASE CALL THE FIRE DEPT. AT, (410) 835-2323 OR SEND AN E-MAIL AT SMOKEALARM@PITTSVILLEFIRE.COM

 

 HELP FULL TIPS

  • SMOKE ALARMS SHOULD BE REPLACED EVERY 10 YEARS

  • BATTERIES REPLACED AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR

  • TESTED A MINIMUM OF ONCE A MONTH

The Men and Women of the department look forward to assisting you and hope that you will welcome this program and the department into your home, to help fight against the possibility of preventable tragedy by not having a working smoke detector . Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon.

 

 

 

 



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Tue. Feb 17th 2015
More than 2,500 fire deaths occur throughout the U.S. each year. Eight out of ten of those fire deaths resulted from home fires. In Maryland, during 2014, 49 fire deaths occurred in one and two family homes out of the reported 63 total fire deaths recorded in the state. “Most home fire deaths ...
Tue. Jan 20th 2009
 WE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE AN IMPORTANT STATEMENT.  USING KEROSENE OR ELECTRIC HEATERS CAN BE DANGEROUS. YOU MUST USE CAUTION WHEN USING THEM. IF YOU FIND THAT YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO USE THESE METHODS OF HEAT WE URGE YOU TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND LOVED ONES BY USING SMOKE AND CARBON MONO...
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