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Matthew B. Brown
Office: 775-785-5855 | Cell: 775-384-7430
Director of the Office of Communications and Community Engagement
City of Reno offices closed on Fourth of July
With Fourth of July approaching, Reno Fire Department stresses community safety
- Maintain a three-foot radius clearance around your grill. Designate this as a no-play zone for children and pets.
- Before grilling, position your grill away from the house, deck railing, overhanging eaves, or tree branches. The Reno Fire Department recommends 10 feet of clearance from combustible construction.
- Do not wear loose-fitting clothing while grilling.
- Always use long-handled grilling tools so your hands stay far away from the flame.
- When using charcoal grills, never add lighter fluid to hot coals and properly dispose of hot coals by dousing them in water. Always use a metal container to dispose of coals or ashes.
- When using propane grills always check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line. If you smell gas or suspect a leak do not use the grill and have it serviced by a professional. If you smell gas while cooking, move away from the grill immediately and call the fire department.
- Never leave a lit grill unattended.
- Make sure campfires are legal in the area that you are visiting.
- Never build a campfire on a windy day. Sparks or embers from the fire could travel a long distance and set an unintentional fire.
- Build campfires where they will not spread; well away from tents, trailers, dry grass, leaves, overhanging tree branches, or any other combustible. Maintain at least a 10- foot clearance area around the campfire.
- Build campfires in fire pits provided, or on bare rock or sand if no pit is provided.
- Never use gasoline as an aid to start a campfire.
- Secure all lighters and matches and keep them out of children’s reach.
- Keep campfires to a small, manageable size no more than 2 feet high by 3 feet in diameter.
- Burn only clean firewood. Trash and chemically treated wood not only can smell bad, but may also produce excessive sparks or embers.
- Never leave campfires unattended. Ensure that a responsible adult is monitoring the campfire at all times. Supervise children around campfires and never allow horseplay near the campfire.
- Loose clothing can easily catch fire. Never reach into a campfire to rearrange pieces of wood.
- Keep plenty of water and a shovel in close proximity to douse the fire when you’re done. Use caution when applying water to the campfire. Once the water has been applied, stir the dampened coals and douse it again with water.