As we’ve mentioned before, our Prince William County Fire and Rescue System volunteers’ rescue and response services are top-notch and in high demand. In addition to these skills, our volunteers also frequently put on their educator caps and help Prince William County residents learn about fire safety. Winter, spring, fall or summer, we provide safety tips that all citizens can use to prevent fires and learn how to respond appropriately. Here are some examples of what our volunteers teach.
The burning of leaves, brush, stumps, branches, ground cover and any other associated yard waste is prohibited in PWC unless it’s part of an allowable controlled burn. Most citizens will not be involved in these types of burns and are not permitted to burn brush. Our volunteers also share how clearing brush from your property can slow the spread of a fire if one were to start.
Whether residents use charcoal or gas grills, there are plenty of safety tips for volunteers to share about grill use.
- Only use grills of any kind outdoors.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away at all times.
- Have a spray bottle or hose nearby to douse flames if needed.
- Never leave a grill unattended.
- Clean grease and buildup from the grill after each use.
- Keep all grilling supplies (charcoal, lighter fluid, etc.) out of the reach of children.
- Check gas grills for leaks in propane lines.
We want our PWC residents to enjoy the pleasure of outdoor grilling without us having to show up and assist! Our education efforts can make a big difference in the number of calls we respond to.
Who doesn’t love to roast some marshmallows for smores around the firepit? The tips our volunteers share can help our neighbors stay safe and happy near campfires.
- Burn in a contained area such as a stone or metal firepit.
- Make sure it is positioned at least 10-25 feet away from all structures.
- Place the firepit on a nonflammable surface like concrete.
- Do not use a firepit under low-hanging branches or any covered structure.
- Do not use lighter fluid to start your fire; opt instead for fire starter logs.
- Clear all debris from around the fire. Aim for at least 5 feet of free space in each direction.
Prince William County has a zero-tolerance policy for illegal fireworks. The only approved fireworks are sold at licensed and monitored roadside stands. When using approved fireworks, our volunteers educate the public with the following tips:
- Fireworks should only be used under adult supervision.
- Use fireworks only on pavement.
- Keep a bucket of water handy in case sparks ignite a fire.
- Never aim or throw a firework at another person or set one off from your hand.
- Dispose of the remnants in a metal container in case they are still hot.
- Do not try to reignite a malfunctioning firework.
Knowledge is power, and our volunteers are essential in educating the residents of PWC about fire safety and prevention. Ready to join us? Contact us today!
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- Posted by ATW
- On July 25, 2019
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