Lexington fire department says warm weather causes fire threat

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Lexington Fire Department was busy on Friday after a number of brush, grass and mulch fires were reported around the city.

According to Battalion Chief Joe Best the department put out 12 fires in a 24-hour period, an unusually high number.

Best says that carelessly discarded cigarettes seem to have been the main cause of the fires but with the dry conditions even the smallest fire can quickly spread if it goes unnoticed.

While enjoying the warmer weather the Lexington Fire Department asks you to keep the following in mind:

1. Ensure that smoking materials are completely extinguished and discarded in a safe manner. Never discard lit cigarettes, especially from cars or in areas with vegetation.

2. Avoid recreational or open cooking fires in dry, windy weather. Use a grill with a cover instead.

3. Never leave any grill, recreational or cooking fire unattended for any reason.

4. Ensure that cooking fires and grills are put out by dousing them with water before you go inside, or leave the picnic or camping area.

5. Regardless of the season, ensure that children know not to play with matches and lighters. Make sure children know what to do in the event of a fire.

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