Fire Marshal's Office

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The Fire Marshal's Office is a critical part of the Brownsville Fire Department's effort to protect the citizens of Brownsville against loss of life and property. These efforts are done through fire code development and enforcement, investigations, and public education. 

The Brownsville Fire Marshal's Office is under the direction of Fire Marshal Daniel Villarreal. 

Clip art of Barbecuing and Grilling Safety Tips with a BBQ pit and fire
Barbecuing is fun and the food is delicious, but keep safety in mind to prevent turning a good time into a disastrous one. Below are some safety tips for barbecuing and grilling. 
"July is the peak month for grill fires. Roughly half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns, with more caused by contact with the grill than fires. More than one-third of the people who had contact burns from grills were children under five years of age."
*Information sourced from NFPA
  • Propane and charcoal barbecue grills must only be used outdoors. Indoor use can kill occupants by causing a fire or CO (carbon monoxide) poisoning. 
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railing and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from the grill area. 
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup on the grill grate and in the trays below the grill. 
  • Never leave your grill unattended. 
  • If you use a charcoal chimney to start charcoal for cooking, use a long match to avoid burning your fingers when lighting paper. 
  • If you use an electric charcoal starter, be sure to use a grounded extension cord. 
  • If you choose to use lighter fluid, use only fluid intended for charcoal grills. NEVER use gasoline. 
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid to coals or kindling that has already been ignited. 
  • Never use gasoline or any other flammable liquid except charcoal starter or lighter fluid to start a charcoal fire. 
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container with a tight-fitting lid that is used only to collect coals. 
  • Check the gas tank hose on propane grills for leaks before using it for the first time each year. 
  • Apply light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. 
  • If your gill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill. 
  • If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. 
  • If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. DO NOT move the grill. 
  • If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it. 

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