By Senior Airman Quay Drawdy, 18th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 29, 2017
Burgers and hotdogs cook on a grill June 28, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Grease from grilling can cause fires to flare out of control. Proper situational awareness and maintaining fire extinguishers can reduce the likelihood of fires spreading onto other property and homes. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quay Drawdy)
A U.S. Airman lights a barbeque June 28, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. During the summer, many individuals will barbecue and enjoy the outdoors. Maintaining safe fire handling practices can ensure fewer house fires occur. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quay Drawdy)
A fire extinguisher sits next to a grill June 28, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Maintaining a fire extinguisher is especially important to help control a fire in the event of an emergency. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quay Drawdy)
A U.S. Air Force 18th Civil Engineer Squadron firetruck sits ready for possible emergencies June 28, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 18th CES provides fire response services across Kadena, responding to inflight emergencies and domestic fires. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quay Drawdy)
When it comes to fire, keeping it inside the grill and away
from our families and belongings is one of the highest priorities. In the
summer months, when barbecues and bonfires are commonplace, it is important to
remember how to use them in a positive and safe manner.
18th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters respond to
fire-related incidents that have already started. There are, however, actions
that can be taken before an incident occurs to ensure the safety of yourself,
your family and your neighbors.
“Having situational awareness can help prevent fires,” said
Airman 1st Class John Espaillat, 18th CES firefighter. “If you’re cooking on a
stove or grill, making sure you have nothing loose and flammable near the heat
can help prevent an incident. Making sure outlets aren’t overloaded can also
help reduce the chance of surprise fires.”
With the 4th of July weekend fast approaching, fireworks and
grilling are expected. Making sure there is a plan for how to safely grill and
knowing if and when it is okay to utilize fireworks can make the holiday safer
and more enjoyable for everyone.
“With the 4th of July holiday coming up, we just want to
make sure everyone is safe,” said Senior Airman Brandon Hudson, 18th CES fire
inspector. “Everyone should know that fireworks are illegal on base and that
when grilling, make sure you’re in an area free from overhangs. Also, watch the
kids and don’t leave them around a grill or fire unattended.”
In addition to ensuring all precautions are taken to prevent
fires, having a plan in the event of one is just as important.
“Make sure you know where your fire extinguishers are
located,” said Hudson. “Placing it within sight while grilling is a good way to
keep it available in the event it’s needed. Once the grilling has been wrapped
up, pour plenty of water over the coals to put them out and allow them to cool
before disposing of them.”
For more information on plans and programs regarding fire
and summer safety, the 18th CES is conducting a fire-prevention campaign July 8
at the Kadena Base Exchange. The event will include information, a bounce
house, a “smoke trailer” emergency situation simulator and a visit from Sparky
the Fire Dog.