We are definitely in the summer fire season now, so here’s a friendly reminder to be safe with your fires, cigarettes, welders, etc. Wildfires are a big problem around here and we’ve certainly had our fair share and more! So here’s a few tips to remember…I know you know but it never hurts to remind!!
• Contact 911, your local fire department, or the park service if you notice an unattended or out-of-control fire.
• Never leave a campfire unattended. Completely extinguish the fire—by dousing it with water and stirring the ashes until cold—before sleeping or leaving the campsite.
• When camping, take care when using and fueling lanterns, stoves, and heaters. Make sure lighting and heating devices are cool before refueling. Avoid spilling flammable liquids and store fuel away from appliances.
• Do not discard cigarettes, matches, and smoking materials from moving vehicles, or anywhere on park grounds. Be certain to completely extinguish cigarettes before disposing of them.
• Follow local ordinances when burning yard waste. Avoid backyard burning in windy conditions, and keep a shovel, water, and fire retardant nearby to keep fires in check. Remove all flammables from yard when burning.
You could start a wildfire by simply using a piece of equipment. The sparks from equipment could catch dry grass and other vegetation on fire. Understand how proper equipment maintenance can reduce wildfires, and fire retardant nearby to keep fires in check. Remove all flammables from yard when burning.
Charcoal briquettes and ash from woodstoves/fireplaces also can start wildfires. When disposing of briquettes and ash outside, drown the charcoal and ash with lots of water; stir them, and soak again. Be sure they are out cold!
Sparks from lawnmowers and power equipment DO start wildfires. Be careful on hot, dry days, and be sure to get your equipment checked regularly.
Proper car etiquette: Be sure chains and other metal parts aren’t dragging from your vehicle – they throw sparks. Check your tire pressure – driving on an exposed wheel rim can cause sparks. Be careful driving through or parking on dry grass. Hot exhaust pipes can start the grass on fire. Never let your brake pads wear too thin; metal on metal makes sparks.
I know we’ve all read and heard these safety reminders over and over, but prevention is always the best cure. Let’s be aware of what we’re doing and keep our wildfires in check this season!!
This article was written by CARL LAMAR