Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Have You Heard?

February 5, 2020

Many of us enjoy a nice warm fire in the winter, indoors or out.  We also love our grills.  With both of these things comes the responsibility of cleaning them every once in a while.  This can be a tricky thing.  Embers from wood or charcoal can last far longer than you think and can reignite without you knowing.

Recently, our community has suffered several fires that could have been easily prevented by disposing of ashes or charcoal properly.  A fire of any kind has financial and emotional stress associated with it.  Please follow these simple rules when disposing of ashes or charcoal from fireplaces or grills to prevent this from happening to you.    

  •  When cleaning fireplaces, let ashes cool completely and dispose of them in a metal container away from your home.  You can run water on them from a hose to ensure the fire will not rekindle.
  •  When cleaning a charcoal grill, let coals cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container away from your home.  You can run water on them from a hose to ensure the fire will not rekindle. 
  • Check your smoke alarms once a month.  Change their batteries once a year.  Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. 

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Dispose of ashes properly to help prevent house fires.
Dispose of ashes properly to help prevent house fires. (click image for slideshow)
Always dispose ashes in a metal container and not plastic.
Always dispose ashes in a metal container and not plastic.