San Ramon Valley Fire would like to remind residents to be cautious when disposing of oily rags after using them to complete wood-finishing or other household projects. Properly drying the rags prior to throwing them away will eliminate the possibility of fire through spontaneous combustion. According to the NFPA on average over 14,000 spontaneous combustion fires are reported each year and cause millions of dollars in damage.
If you are planning to stain your deck or refinish furniture this weekend, please protect you and your family by following these simple tips. Anytime you have an oily rag left over from a project, hang it up to dry, outdoors. You can use a clothesline or fence, be sure to hang each rag individually and avoid piling them on top of each other. If you must dry them indoors be sure to keep them away from heat sources such as water heaters or furnaces. As always follow the manufacturer's directions on proper use, storage and disposal.
San Ramon Valley Firefighters appreciate your assistance in keeping our community safe and helping to reduce the risk of fire in the Valley. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Fire Prevention Division at (925) 838-6600.