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Grilling Safety Tips

Did you know that every year, 7,000 Americans are injured while using backyard barbecue grills.

It's usually a case of good products used incorrectly.

Check out our list of the most common mistakes and key safety tips. Below are the top 10 Do's and Dont's to help keep your grilling season safe:

 


DO

  1. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. Farther is even better. This includes portions attached to your house like carports, garages and porches. Grills should not be used underneath wooden overhangs either, as the fire could flare up into the structure above. This applies to both charcoal and gas grills.
  2. Clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups.
  3. Check for gas leaks. You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.
  4. Keep decorations away from your grill. Decorations like hanging baskets, pillows and umbrellas look pretty AND provide fuel for a fire. To make matters worse, today's decor is mostly made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot, making this tip even more important.
  5. Keep a spray bottle of water handy. That way, if you have a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won't harm your food, so dinner won't be ruined!
  6. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill. And KNOW HOW TO USE IT. If you are unsure how to use the extinguisher, don't waste time fiddling with it before calling 911. Firefighters say many fire deaths occur when people try to fight a fire themselves instead of calling for expert help and letting the fire department do its job.

 


DON'T

  1. Don't turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER do this. It causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face.
  2. Don't leave a grill unattended. Fires double in size every minute. Plan ahead so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling.
  3. Don't overload your grill with food. This applies especially fatty meats. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire.
  4. Don't use a grill indoors. People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. In addition to the fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide, the deadly colorless, odorless gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, your family and pets.

 

Main-Transit's Chief Riley Passes Away

The Main Transit Fire Department is saddened to announce the loss of our chief, William “Radar” Riley. Chief Riley passed away on March 30, 2016 after a tough battle with cancer. He was 49 years old and a 30-year veteran of the fire service.

Chief Riley leaves behind his wife of 22 years, Denise, and many close friends and loved ones.

Arrangements:
The family will be present at Amigone Funeral Home (Amherst Chapel), 5600 Sheridan Dr., to receive friends and loved ones on Sunday, April 3rd from 1pm-3pm and 6pm-9pm

A funeral service will take place at the same location on Monday, April 4th at 11:00AM. Following the internment at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, there will be a luncheon at the Main-Transit Fire Department.

Honor Guards and apparatus are welcome and asked to contact Dominic Creamer at 716-206-4010 or email him at dcreamer@amherst.ny.us with the number of apparatus and personnel participating. Participating fire companies will be schedule in the latter half of the visitation.

Please direct any further questions to Asst. Chief Daniel Hooper or President Brian Rusin.



Visitation and Funeral
Amigone Funeral Home (Amherst Chapel)
5600 Sheridan Dr.
Williamsville, NY 14221

Internment
Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery
South Union Rd.
Williamsville, NY 14221

Luncheon
Main Transit Fire Department
6777 Main St.
Williamsville, NY 14221


Peak Months for Fires in College Housing

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), September and October were identified as peak months for fires in college housing. Make sure your kids stay safe this semester...

In a report released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), September and October were identified as peak months for fires in college housing. According to the report "Structure Fires in Dormitories, Fraternities, Sororities, and Barracks," in 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 3,810 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks. As college students settle into housing at school or off-campus, reviewing safety tips is a valuable way for them to remember what actions can be taken to prevent fire and how they can prepare to escape if one occurs. Being sure that smoke alarms are working, and having and practicing a fire escape plan is vital.

Roughly 70 percent of fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks began in the kitchen or cooking area. Seven percent of fires started in the bedroom, but these fires were responsible for 27 percent of injuries and 21 percent of property damage. The report also noted that fires are most common in the evening hours, between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. and on weekends.

Main-Transit Fire Department offers safety tips for college students living in on- or off-campus housing:

  • Look for fully sprinklered housing when choosing a dorm or off-campus housing.
  • Make sure your dormitory or apartment has smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on each level. For the best protection, all smoke alarms should be interconnected so that when one sounds they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least monthly.
  • Never remove batteries or disable smoke alarms.
  • Learn your building’s evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they were the real thing.
  • Learn your building’s evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they were the real thing.
  • If you live off campus, have a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room.
  • If you live off campus, have a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room.
  • When the smoke alarm or fire alarm sounds, get out of the building quickly and stay out.
  • Cook only where it is permitted.
  • Cook only where it is permitted.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking.
  • Check your school’s rules before using electrical appliances in your room.
  • Use a surge protector for your computer and plug the protector directly into an outlet.



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