Kingman Fire encourages weed abatement

KINGMAN – Kingman Fire Department is encouraging homeowners to look over their property and take the necessary precautions in preparation for the summer fire season.

"We encourage people to canvass their property and make sure it's fire safe," Kingman fire Capt.

Bill Johnston said.

"We anticipate a long hot summer as far as brush fires are concerned."

He suggested that homeowners remove leaves from rain gutters, cut down dry bushes and weeds, cut overhanging tree branches and move wood piles away from homes.

People should not toss cigarettes out car windows and should use caution when barbecuing food, he said.

Smoke detectors should be in good working order, and parents should talk to their children about fire escape plans.

Matches and gasoline should be kept out of the reach of children.

Johnston asks property owners to consider the possibility of fires encroaching onto their property from vacant lots.

Vacant lots with high weeds can be reported to the Kingman Fire Department or the Kingman Police Department's nuisance abatement officer, Johnston said.

Other local fire departments can also be called.