Public Safety

Safety Tips For Grilling Season (Video)

Montgomery County officials provide some practical safety tips for the summertime barbecue season. Take a look.

With grilling season in full swing, Montgomery County’s Division of Solid Waste Services (DSWS/Dept. of Environmental Protection) and the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) are issuing reminders and tips about the importance of safely disposing of the ash generated when using outdoor grills.

Residents are reminded never to put out ashes from outdoor barbecues (and fireplaces) for collection with the regular household trash unless the ashes have been thoroughly soaked with water or held for at least a week to ensure there are no residual embers. Residents may bring cooled ashes to the Solid Waste Transfer Station for disposal in specifically-designated ash containers.

The Transfer Station is located at 16101 Frederick Rd., Derwood (off Rt. 355 at Shady Grove Rd.). If delivering ash by car, residents are asked to use the Frederick Rd. (Rt. 355) entrance just south of Shady Grove Rd. The Transfer Station’s Public Unloading Facility (PUF) — also called the “Car Ramp” — has several steel drums marked specifically for ash disposal. The drums are located between trash drop-off bays. DSWS staff verifies that the ash has cooled off before taking it to the rubble drop-off area for disposal.

If delivering ash by truck, residents should use the Shady Grove Rd. entrance and speak to the scale house staff for further instructions.

Get more information and read tips from MCFRS.


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