San Ramon Valley Fire reminds residents to be cautious when disposing of oily rags after using them to complete wood-finishing or other household projects. Rags should be hung to dry before disposal.
Properly drying the rags prior to throwing them away will eliminate the possibility of fire through spontaneous combustion, the District said in a release. According to the NFPA on average over 14,000 spontaneous combustion fires are reported each year and cause millions of dollars in damage.
If you are planning to stain your deck or refinish furniture this weekend, please protect you and your family by following these simple tips:
* Anytime you have an oily rag left over from a project, hang it up to dry, outdoors using a clothesline or fence
*Hang each rag individually and avoid piling them on top of each other
* If you must dry them indoors be sure to keep them away from heat sources such as water heaters or furnaces
* Follow the manufacturer's directions on proper use, storage and disposal