Unfortunately, residents, not disposing fireplace and wood-stove ashes properly have been the culprits of many house fires across the county.
Ashes from your fireplace or wood-stove retain enough heat to ignite other combustible materials several days after a fire. It is crucial to learn and remember these tips when disposing of ashes: do not discard the ashes into any combustible container such as a paper or plastic bag, a cardboard box, or a plastic trash can; instead, place the ashes in a non-combustible metal container with a lid. Afterward, pour water into the container to ensure the ashes cool down. Finally, place the can outside of your home and away from combustible objects.
It is necessary that you educate your family and friends on how to safely dispose of fireplace and wood-stove ashes. The Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department wants to safeguard against preventable fires, so we additionally urge you to check your smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries twice a year.