Jessica Fisher, Public Information Assistant, 509.625.6749
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 2:42 p.m.
Warmer weather means it’s time to fire up the barbecue! For some master chefs, that means lighting up charcoal or wood-fired grills. Tasty cooking, but what isn’t fun is a garbage fire caused by hot coals and ashes. They are more common than you think and can be dangerous and costly. Keep hot coals and ashes out of your trash.
In fact, last week we had a fire on the Waste to Energy Facility’s tipping floor. The fire was started from barbecue charcoal that was still hot. Employees were quickly able to extinguish the fire and no one was hurt.
To be safe, treat all coals and ashes as if they are hot. Even when cool to the touch, they can hold enough heat in their cores to start a fire. Follow these tips before disposing them in your trash: