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