February 6, 2019

Cool Your Ashes to Reduce Fire Risks

A warm fireplace may feel good on a cold winter day but as cozy as fire may look, things can turn dangerous if you don’t take necessary precautions with ashes. Each year, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services responds to fires that are caused by improper disposal of hot coals or ashes from fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, grills and outside fire rings.

Coals and ashes from fires can remain hot for days after a fire is out and should always be treated as HOT ashes, even when you think they have had enough time to cool. Your garage, house or deck are unsafe locations for ashes to cool and have been the site of devastating fires both locally and nationally.