Mulch and fertilizer could be a fire risk during warmer weather


Your mulch and fertilizer can be a fire risk during warmer months. 

West Springfield Fire Lieutenant Michael Dickson told 22News mulch dries out this time of year, and it can catch fire when people toss lit cigarettes from their cars.

It’s not uncommon for mulch to catch fire in shopping plaza parking lots or medians.

When planning your yard work, Lt. Dickson recommends you follow the instructions printed on the bag for storing fertilizer.

“It’s relatively stable, but any time you add sunlight or water, it can create a chemical vapor that can be hazardous as well, so as long as you keep it from getting wet, away from electrical outlets and out of the sunlight you should be okay,” said Dickson. 

Properly disposing of cigarettes in the warmer months goes a long way to prevent mulch and brush fires. 

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