HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico firefighters responded to two fires in less than 24 hours, and both of those were caused by improperly discarded fireplace or wood stove ashes.
A shed and three different yards were burned in one incident. In the other fire, a deck was destroyed, and a home was damaged. Fire officials say the ashes that set the deck on fire were put outside two days before the fire started.
Henrico fire issued to following tips:
- Use a fire-resistant metal ash shovel to scoop out ashes and place them into a fire-resistant metal can with a tight-fitting lid.
- Take the container outside away from combustibles, including your home’s deck; wet the ashes, and then cover with the lid. Hot coals in a pile of ashes can last up to four days, so let the ashes cool for at least that long.
- Never keep the metal can in or near your home - keep it at least 10 feet away.
- Never use a paper bag, cardboard box, or plastic trash bag to throw away ashes.
- Never use a vacuum cleaner to pick up the ashes.
- Never place the metal container next to the firewood pile, against the garage, or on or under a wooden deck or under a porch.
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