TMFPD's Fire Safe Container Aims to Prevent Fires
Free Distribution July 20 - 31 while supplies last

Media Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: Adam Mayberry

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Reno, Nevada. July 14, 2020 - Improper ash disposal causes thousands of fires every year, including the Washoe Drive Fire in 2012. With continued use of wood burning fireplaces and stoves, along with an increased use of outdoor fire pits, the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) is providing fire safe containers at no charge to Washoe County residents. The cans can also be used to store rags that have been used for painting, varnishing or staining and prevent spontaneous combustion.

Beginning Monday, July 20 through Friday, July 31 (not including weekends), between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., (no exceptions) Washoe County residents can visit the District’s administrative office at 3663 Barron Way, Reno to pick-up a free fire safe container WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. Please wear face coverings and be prepared to show Nevada Identification. The Fire District cannot deliver the containers. Citizens can also purchase containers at local retailers.

The Fire District strongly encourages all Washoe County residents to be equipped with a fire safe container which can reduce the threat of fires and substantial damage to homes. Since the program’s inception, the Fire District has seen a decline in the number of fires related to the improper disposal of fireplace ash and oily rags.

“Whether it is heating homes, or barbequing with charcoal briquets, it is important that our residents take prudent fire prevention measures, to include disposing ashes properly using a fire safe container,” said Fire Chief Charles Moore. Even after several days, a pile of ashes can hold enough heat to reignite and start a fire. Three days is the minimum recommended cooling period for ashes. Extra care should be used in the storage and final disposal. TMFPD produced a short video to learn more on ash disposal using a fire safe container.

The Fire District appreciates the leadership of Fire Commissioner Vaughn Hartung in supporting public funding for additional fire safe containers for our citizens throughout the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District. Funding from Commissioner Hartung’s discretionary funds was used to purchase approximately 300 containers.

“We want to heighten awareness of fire prevention through our fire safe container program. Disposing of ash and cotton rags soaked with staining oils can be dangerous. Citizens need to know how these fires start in order to prevent a more serious fire in this very dry period of the summer,” said Commissioner Hartung.

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