The warm spring weather has finally arrived. It’s time to enjoy our barbecues and evenings with a fire pit or campfire. Please follow these KMC Fire Emergency Services safety tips when using a grill, fire pit or campfire.
• All barbecue grills must be used outdoors. Residents in stairwell housing are authorized to use grills on their balcony but no meat smokers. Carbon monoxide is bad for you.
• Check for gas leaks. Apply a light soap and water solution to hose connections and watch for bubbles, which indicates a leak. Tighten connections or replace the hose.
• Keep your grill clean. Remove excess grease buildup and empty trays below the grill.
• If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off. Wait at least 15 minutes before relighting or use a new bottle of propane.
• Only use charcoal starter fluid. After lighting the fire, never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids. Spray new charcoal away from the grill and add them with a long set of tongs.
• When you are finished grilling, ensure the charcoal is cold before properly disposing.
• Keep grills 15 feet from anything that can burn, or move those items.
• Never leave your grill unattended.
• If you have a fire or other emergency dial 1-1-2.
CAMPFIRES AND FIRE PITS:
• Do not use fire pits on balconies or under awnings or roofs.
• Choose a spot that’s downwind and at least 15 feet from combustible materials.
• Clear a 10-foot diameter around the site by removing any loose grass, twigs, leaves and firewood.
• Keep a hose, bucket of water or shovel nearby.
• Never leave your fire unattended, and ensure it is fully contained or out before leaving.
• Again, if you have a fire or other emergency dial 1-1-2.
If you have any questions or concerns, call the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Prevention office at 480-5940 or 06371-47-5940.