Ever year hundreds of fires in Oregon are caused by improperly disposed of ashes. These ashes can be anything from cigarette butts to the ashes from a wood stove. Decks, trash cans and homes are all vulnerable to fires caused by improperly disposed of ashes.
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Safe disposal of hot ashes from wood stoves, fire pits or BBQ’s:
Place ashes in a metal container with a tight cover and place outside 3 feet away from combustible materials such as decks, porches, woodpiles and out- buildings.
Never put ashes of any kind into paper or plastic bags.
Add water or ice to the bucket and allow to fully absorb to cool down the ashes faster.
Ashes can keep hot for several days after disposal; ensure the ash is cold to the touch before disposing of them further.
Improperly disposed of ashes is a leading cause of deck fires in the winter time.
Local disposal companies do not want hot ashes dumped in their trash containers as this can lead to a fire in the garbage truck or landfill
Do not dispose hot ash into combustible bags or containers
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