Even though a fire may appear to be out, embers and ash can remain hot enough to start a fire days after you think the fire is out. Re-ignition from smoldering fireplace ashes continues to be the cause for deaths and injuries. To be safe, simply treat all ashes and coals as hot, even when you think they had time enough to cool. Proper disposal of fireplace ashes and hot embers is important to prevent fires.
When you clean your fireplace, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Proper Disposal of Fireplace Ashes
Garden areas or flower beds could be a possible location to dump the liquid from the soaked fireplace ashes allowing many nutrients to return to the soil. It can potentially be a fertilizer, a soil amendment, or as an insect repellent. Please survey the area and evaluate any additional hazards before disposing of your ash liquids or four day cooled ashes. Make sure all dry leaves have been removed from the area before dumping it into either a garden or flower bed that is away from the house, and remember to moisten the area. To read more details on what to check for when adding ashes to your gardens: Ashes as Fertilizer
Ashes from charcoal grills should never be used in the garden due to the chemical residues left by processed charcoal.
Did you know that wood ash gives traction to icy or snow-covered walkways? That’s welcome information, particularly for gardeners, who know too well how commercial de-icing products may damage lawns and plantings. Also, if the car gets stuck, sprinkling cold ash in front of and behind tires can help them grip.
If you have any questions related to fireplace ashes, or other fireplace related questions, please check with your local fire district or chimney specialist.
Fireplace & Chimney Safety
Fireplace weather has arrived. To some, there is nothing better than warming up next to a fire. It becomes the center of the home, a gathering place, and brings in the holiday spirit. Is your fireplace ready for company? Making sure your fireplace is safe and used properly should be one of the items on your holiday list and checked twice. We have gathered some helpful information for you about fireplace safety and how to properly dispose of ashes. Please take this time to read these tips to keep your home safe through the winter.
Fireplace safety tips:
Please watch for the next post on proper disposal of fire ashes.
Emergency Notification System will be tested Wednesday, December 3rd
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office will be TESTING the Emergency Notification System (ENS), also known as Code Red, this Wednesday, December 3rd, by calling the entire community.
The calls will begin at 10 AM and will continue until the entire database has been attempted. These calls will give Yavapai Sheriff Communication’s personnel the chance to operate the system as if there has been a community wide disaster. Additionally, the message being delivered directs recipients to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office website at www.ycsoaz.gov, and the Emergency Notification System link in the blue menu bar at the top of the page. Accessing this page will allow you to submit additional notification numbers. The test message also asks that recipients spread the word by mentioning the system to family, friends, and neighbors. Please consider signing up or adding contact information before the test notifications so you can be assured the system is able to reach you.
Sheriff Scott Mascher suggests that “all individuals and businesses should take the time to visit our website and add contact information to include landline and cell phones, as well as email and text addresses. If your contact information is not in the database, you will NOT receive a call when an urgent message is sent.” The Sheriff’s Office also encourages businesses to register, as well as individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number recently, and those who use a cell phones exclusively or have VoIP phones (such as Vonage) as their primary numbers.
ENS, “CodeRED,” allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required, along with a primary phone number, to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. Notification preferences can be selected during sign-up. Also consider downloading the Code Red app for your smartphone.
Those without Internet access may call 928-771-3260 Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm for assistance signing up for the free service. Additional phone numbers, email, and text addresses may also be entered. All information in the system is held in strict confidence.
Another advantage to getting these alerts – If there is a fire, flood, or other emergency incident near your home while you’re away, the notification allows you to contact neighbors, or friends in the area to check on your property, remove valuables, or even secure animals if necessary.
Direct access to the CODE RED sign up page is here:
Prescott National Forest Prescribed Burning Planned November 4-11 & one at Embry Riddle College
Message from Embry-Riddle: Sodexo Facilities will be burning piles of brush behind Building 65 in the northeast corner of the campus Tuesday, November 4, 2014. This burn has been approved by the Prescott Fire Department. As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions about safety and security at Embry-Riddle Prescott please call 928-777-3333
Prescott National Forest Burns Planned:
Prescott, AZ – Fire managers on the Prescott National Forest are planning to continue treatment on several projects across the forest beginning Tuesday, November 4 through Tuesday, November 11; pending favorable weather conditions. Specific days to burn will be determined by current and expected weather patterns allowing fire managers to make every effort to achieve objectives of the burn and minimize overall smoke production .
Tex Canyon Project – Approximately 2500 Acres (T14N, R2E, Sec 22, 27); located north and east of the Whitehorse Subdivision off Highway 169. This is a continuation of treatment that started in September.
Little Coyote Project – Approximately 2500 Acres (T16N, R2E, S25); located south of Woodchute Wilderness in Martin Canyon. This project is in partnership with Arizona Game & Fish for treatments in grasslands. Fuels consist of grass, chaparral, juniper, pinyon and limited pine.
Jack Pine Crush RX – Approximately 143 Acres (T13N, R2W, S17); located west of Highway 89 and White Spar Campground on the forest boundary.
Ponderosa Park RX – Approximately 330 Acres (T13N, R2W, S29); located between Ponderosa Park Road and Forest Road 64, on the north side of Wolf Creek Road, south of Prescott.
Prescribed fire is an essential tool for restoring the forests in our fire-adapted ecosystem and to accelerate restoration of watersheds and grasslands. These fires help to reduce hazardous fuels, recycle nutrients back into the soil, and increase wildlife and plan diversity. All prescribed fires activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).
The public can obtain additional prescribed fire information via the following:
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR APACHE…COCONINO…NORTHERN GILA…NAVAJO…AND YAVAPAI COUNTIES IN NORTHERN ARIZONA.
FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY…A PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM AND COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH NORTHERN ARIZONA. SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST WIND GUSTS IN THE 35 TO 50 MPH RANGE ARE EXPECTED SATURDAY…WITH THE FASTEST GUSTS ALONG AND NORTH OF THE MOGOLLON RIM. GUSTS TO 40 MPH MAY DEVELOP FRIDAY NIGHT IN THE DONEY PARK AND HOUSE ROCK VALLEY AREAS.