Pool chemicals cause fire in garbage truck

Workers inspect the loading fire on a Rumpke truck in Mt. Sterling / Photo courtesy of Rumpke

MT. STERLING, Ky. (WTVQ) – A residential garbage truck suffered a cargo fire around 11 a.m. Friday on Garden Springs Drive in Mt. Sterling. The cause – pool chemicals.

“Throwing flammable items in the trash or recycling can endanger our employees, facilities and the automotive public,” said Bridgett Biggs, Safety Officer at Rumpke, which manages the garbage collection. “Items like liquids, pool chemicals, charcoal embers, cleaning products, propane tanks, and batteries – especially lithium-ion batteries – can cause major problems and are not. accepted in Rumpke programs. “

Fortunately, the driver spotted the steaming load in an automated container in the front of the truck before dumping it in the back of the vehicle.

“Our driver followed the proper procedure and his swift actions prevented a major incident from occurring,” Biggs said. “We appreciate the prompt response and assistance from Montgomery County EMS. “

Rumpke shared additional safety tips, including:

  • Decrease Flammability: Fireworks and used charcoal embers should be soaked in water before disposal. This prevents them from reigniting.
  • Check the label: Many household cleaning products contain dangerous chemicals. If the container has a label saying “Danger” or “Poison”, it is hazardous waste. Do not put the item in your trash or recycling container.
  • Look for local options: Most solid waste management districts provide residents with household hazardous waste disposal options. Please contact your local solid waste management office for details.
  • Do not include: Propane and helium tanks, pool chemicals, batteries, liquids and items marked flammable, combustible or hazardous are not accepted and should never be placed in garbage cans or waste containers. recycling.
  • Solidify the paint: If you are throwing away paint, make sure it is completely dry before you throw it in the trash. Cat litter is a great way to solidify the material.

For more information on what should and should not be placed in trash or recycling containers, visit www.rumpke.com.


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