Free ash cans offered to Washoe County residents

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The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District is offering residents tips on how to dispose of ashes properly to prevent wildfires this winter season.

When disposing of ashes, use the following procedure:

  • All ashes should be stored in a fire-resistant metal container. Never store ashes in a cardboard box or plastic bag.
  • Make sure there are no hot spots left in the ashes. This is done by soaking them in water and stirring.
  • Wet down the ashes and any wood pieces in the can. Use enough water to saturate the materials in the bucket so they are thoroughly wet.
  • Place the lid on the can and allow the ashes to sit for at least three days.
  • The metal container should be placed on a non- combustible surface, and away from anything flammable. It should not be placed next to a firewood pile, in the garage, or under a wood deck or porch.
  • After sitting for at least three days in the metal container, cautiously check the exterior of the can to ensure it is cool to the touch.
  • Ashes can then be disposed of in the trash or used as compost in your garden.

The TMFPD will also be giving out free ash cans to Washoe County residents at 1001 E. 9th Street, Building D while supplies last. Ash cans are also available for purchase at local retailers.

“As cold temperatures begin to take hold in Washoe County, it is important that our residents take prudent fire prevention measures when heating their homes, to include disposing ashes properly using an ash can,” said Fire Chief Charles Moore. Even after several days, a pile of ashes can hold enough heat to reignite and start a fire. Three days is the minimum recommended cooling period for ashes. Extra care should be used in the storage and final disposal. TMFPD produced a short video to learn more on ash disposal using an ash can.


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