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Fire Marshal reminds everyone to be cautious

Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2012

Fire Marshal Leon Hurlburt and the Huntington City Fire Department are reminding everyone to be very conscious of fire safety and prevention in our current dry conditions. Residents need to be extremely careful during this extended period of dry weather. Always use caution when handling anything that produces heat, or could produce a spark. With our current conditions any fire has the potential to cause a sizable out of control blaze. Use common sense when dealing with any situation that has the potential to start a fire of any size. Also, residents are urged to postpone burning until weather conditions improve.

The City of Huntington’s open burn ordinance states that no one shall kindle or maintain any open burning (which means any burning of combustible materials out of doors) within the corporate limits of the city of Huntington except for the following: A recreational campfire with a total fuel area no greater than 36 inches in diameter and a fuel load not to exceed two vertical feet. Also, a reasonably sized and located barbecue pit or grill where either electricity, gas, wood, or charcoal is used for the preparation of food. With any open burning it must be reasonably unlikely that the fire will spread to or damage other property or that the smoke and/or fumes would be a nuisance to a person’s adjacent property. All open burning shall be located a safe distance from structures, fences, and public rights-of-way, and attended at all times until completely extinguished. There shall be a garden hose or better connected to a water supply source and/or buckets, shovels, fire extinguishers, or other adequate fire extinguishing equipment readily available. Open fires which burn substantial quantities of leaves, paper, garbage, rubbish, grass, trade waste, plastic, or other similar items, are prohibited.

Beyond following the city ordinance listed below are some fire safety tips for the dry weather conditions:

You should never throw a lighted cigarette out of the window of a vehicle or onto the ground. Always use ash trays and never walk off and leave a cigarette burning.

Landscaping mulched areas around homes and businesses can quickly become a source of fires for a couple of reasons. First, because of the dry conditions, mulched areas are very dry and great source to start a fire. Second they often double as outdoor ashtrays. Discarded cigarettes appear to be the leading cause of mulch fires.

When cooking outside never leave a charcoal or gas grill unattended. It is important to make sure that the coals are completely cool before disposing of them from a charcoal grill. Keep outdoor cooking devices well away from your home or garage when using them.

When setting off fireworks, always have a fire extinguisher and or water supply close by. Remember; always take precautions if you are doing anything outside that could start a fire.

With the dry weather and the mild winter, people should think twice before any open burring, especially if there is wind. Residents are encouraged to always remain with a fire to ensure that it does not get out of control. Everyone needs to be aware that the severe dry conditions in the area could lead to an increased risk of fires.