A Message from the Fire & Life Safety Public Information Office -
May 22, 2014
As the Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the unofficial start of summer, Alaskans are getting out enjoying all the outdoor activities that our great state has to offer. Many Alaskans are planning to sit around a campfire and grill their meals on a barbecue. Alaska State Fire Marshal, Kelly Nicolello reminds Alaskans, “fire safety should be included in your summer plans.”
With extreme fire danger in Alaska this year, it is imperative that Alaskans check with local and State authorities before lighting any campfires. A burn suspension prohibits all burn permits including non-compliant burn barrels, but allows small cooking and warming fires. A burn closure prohibits all open burning. For more information on fire conditions go to the Alaska Division of Forestry’s web site: http://forestry.alaska.gov/wildland.htm
The following safety tips can help Alaskans have a safe and enjoyable summer:
• Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
• Do not use flammable liquids to start camp fires.
• Keep camp fires small and manageable.
• Build camp fires at least 15 ft. from tents and other combustible materials.
• Don’t leave fires unattended.
• Extinguish all fires completely before leaving the area.
• When using propane barbeques, check for leaks before lighting.
• Dispose of used charcoal in a metal container and soak with water before dumping.
• Do not use barbeques indoors.
• Do not use fireworks in restricted areas.
• Children should not use fireworks without adult supervision.
• Report all unattended fires and unsafe fire activities to local authorities.
For more summer safety tips go to the US Fire Administration’s Summer Safety web sight at: www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/summer.shtm .