’Tis the Season – For Mulch Fires

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’Tis the Season – For Mulch Fires

Christopher Mullin, Livingston Fire Chief and township fire official and emergency management coordinator, this week issued a reminder to residents that mulch fires are common during the summer, more so when the weather is hot and dry, as it has been.

He explained that the primary causes of mulch fires are cigarette butts, at commercial sites; and landscape lights, at residential sites.

“Although we do see our fair share of mulch fires throughout the year, the majority of fires are found to be started by discarded cigarette smoking materials (cigarette butts),” he said. “More often than not, when we respond to a mulch fire at a commercial property such as a shopping center or an office building, it is usually determined that a discarded cigarette was the cause or ignition source of the mulch fire. This is very common, as with New Jersey law prohibiting smoking inside commercial establishments, individuals usually discard their cigarettes into a landscaped bed of mulch and bushes at an entrance to a building prior to entering the building, resulting in a mulch fire in that area. Many people who smoke in their vehicles will also discard their cigarettes in the mulch bed in the parking lot when they exit their vehicles, causing a mulch fire in the parking lot area.”



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