Delhi Township Fire Department
"Protecting Your Tomorrows Today"
The Delhi Township Fire Department provides a comprehensive level of emergency and public safety services. We serve a community of over 30,000 residents in an area of just 10.1 square miles. Our department ranks in the top five departments for call volume in Hamilton County with a total of 3,131 calls in 2008 - another 6% increase over 2007. We are staffed to provide paramedic level treatment and transport 365 days a year with a minimum of two ambulances.
Public Service Announcement
Grilling Fire Safety
Summer is that time when we move many of our activities to the outdoors. One of the most dangerous, but popular summer activities is the outside grill. There are some general safety tips we should keep in mind when using our grills.
If you prefer a charcoal grill remember these three easy tips to enjoy your grilling experience:
1. Purchase the proper starter fluid for charcoal, store out of the reach of children and away from heat sources that can cause accidental ignition.
2. Never add starter fluid to the coals once you have ignited them, and never use other types of flammable liquids in place of charcoal starter fluid.
3. After you have finished grilling, allow the coals to completely cool before disposing of them appropriately. Your safest bet is to wait until the next day to dispose of the spent coals.
Most of us use propane grills. These grills require a little more vigilance:
REMEMBER: Propane is a compressed gas that is in a mostly liquid state inside the tank. Compressed propane becomes a gas at 43° below zero. This is why it is a desirable heating and cooking fuel.
1. Check the gas hoses and connections with a soap solution. If bubbles are seen, TURN OFF the propane, and replace the hose(s) before cooking.
2. If the grill is not lit and you smell gas, TURN OFF the propane tank, and check all connections.
3. If the grill is lit and you smell gas, it is best to call the fire department as a gas leak may ignite just as you attempt to turn off the gas supply.
4. NEVER light a gas grill with the lid closed.
5. If the grill does not light in 5-10 seconds, turn off the supply, wait a few minutes and attempt to light again.
6. All propane cylinders manufactured after April 2002 are required to have an overfill protection device. You can easily identify this safety feature by the triangular shaped hand wheel that operates the cylinder. This feature does not allow the cylinder to be overfilled.
7. Never store propane in occupied buildings or garages.