Fire safety tips to follow this spring

Courtesy of the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Prevention office

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.


• 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.