Baltimore County News
Natalie Litofsky, Public Safety Information Specialist
Baltimore County Fire Department
July 4th weekend is one of the most popular occasions for family and community cookouts. While you’re serving up burgers and hotdogs, it’s also important to remember that safety is still a serious element of summer fun.
The Baltimore County Fire Department recommends that backyard grillers carefully read specific product information after buying new barbeque equipment, and that they review this information each year.
County law prohibits the use of charcoal or propane-fueled grills – or any other open-flame cooking or heating device – on any balcony or within 15 feet of multi-family buildings such as apartments. This restriction does not apply to townhouses or single family homes.
Liquefied petroleum gas (propane) used to fire gas barbecue grills, is highly flammable. Propane is contained under pressure in a steel cylinder. Vaporized and in a confined area, it has the explosive force of several sticks of dynamite.
You should never use a gas grill inside of a structure or store the propane tanks inside of any part of a structure, such as an enclosed porch or balcony. Keep propane tanks in a shady or cool area outside and in the upright position so the relief valve is on top.
Inspect propane grill hoses and connections prior to use. Make sure all fixtures, valves, and caps on propane canisters are working and are tightened properly. If the hose has deteriorated or the fittings are loose, do not use the grill until you correct the problem.
Although they may be eager to help, you should never let young children use a gas-powered barbecue grill.
Never use a charcoal barbecue in an enclosed space or inside the house. Combustion of charcoal produces carbon monoxide, which can be deadly. You should place a charcoal grill on a non-combustible surface a safe distance away from any structure.
It’s very important that you keep children away from a charcoal grill, because there is serious risk of both injury and spreading fire if they were to knock it over.
Do not use lighter fluid on a fire that has already been started. If you need to use a starter fluid, use only charcoal lighter fluid and follow the directions on the container. Never use gasoline or any other flammable liquid to start a grill.
After you are finished grilling, pour water on the charcoal or ashes before disposal so they will not restart a fire.
White Marsh Drop-Off Center Open for the Season
On Sunday, April 10, 2016, Baltimore County residents may bring household hazardous waste items to a one-day collection event scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Baltimore County Central Acceptance Facility, located at 201 W. Warren Rd in Cockeysville. The event is hosted by the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) in cooperation with the Police, Fire and Public Works departments.
Baltimore County residents may bring household paints and chemicals, lawn and garden chemicals, automotive fluids, cleaning solvents, swimming pool chemicals, re-chargeable batteries, medicines, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs, fireworks, and ammunition. No trash will be accepted at this event.
White Marsh Drop-Off Center Open
For those residents who can’t make it to the one-day event, Baltimore County operates a full service household hazardous waste drop-off facility at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill, located at 6259 Days Cove Road in White Marsh. This facility is open all year and operates Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fall 2016 Collection Event Announced
EPS officials also announced that the fall 2016 household hazardous waste one-day collection event will be held on Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Baltimore County Western Acceptance Facility, located at 3310 Transway Rd in Halethorpe.
Residents may call the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability at 410-887-3745 for more information.
Recommendations from the County Fire Marshall and Building Engineer…
- Avoid walking under awnings and other lightweight canopies.
- Make sure you are able to open your exterior doors in the event of an emergency. You may want to keep storm doors in the open position to avoid these outward swinging doors being blocked by deep snow. Try slightly opening your exterior doors to see that they operate easily.
- Watch for overhanging snow and ice that may become dislodged and fall suddenly.
- Avoid being under skylights where possible.
- Clear roof drainage areas of ice and snow to avoid back up of water into down spouts that could cause ice/snow damming of roofs and gutters.
- Maintain a path from the exterior exit doors so that you can move to a safe distance from your house in case of fire.
- Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide-detectors for proper operation.
- Check on elderly neighbors and relatives.
- If you have concerns about the safety of your home, then relocate to a safe structure. Plan ahead with a nearby neighbor to assist in relocating to another nearby home/building.
Revised April 6, 2016