Tinley Park, IL – 18-Inch Rule Could Save Smokers from Costly Fires, Says Fire Department

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Tinley Park, IL – The Tinley Park Fire Department is urging smokers to adopt an 18-inch safety rule to prevent destructive mulch fires. Officials highlight that maintaining at least an 18-inch clearance between mulch beds and combustible materials can drastically reduce the risk of these fires, which are often sparked by improperly discarded cigarettes.

The fire department advises using non-combustible mulch like rock or pea stone around gas meters and building exteriors to further enhance safety. Property managers and building owners are encouraged to ensure that all smoking materials are properly disposed of in designated receptacles, placed a safe distance from potential ignition sources.

These preventative measures, including keeping mulch beds moist and regularly clearing debris, are crucial for reducing fire risks. The fire department’s campaign emphasizes responsible smoking habits and the use of safe ashtrays to prevent mulch fires that can quickly escalate, threatening property and lives.

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