Cooking Turkey Safely on Thanksgiving


For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. Keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen or outside during this Thanksgiving is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home.

As you start preparing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.

Top 10 safety tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
If you will be frying your turkey this Thanksgiving, here are a few preparations you can make and safety tips to follow that will help you deliver a juicy, golden-brown turkey to your table.
  • Use a fryer that has a built-in thermostat so the oil temperature will be safely regulated.
  • Determine how much volume your turkey will displace when placed in the oil. Test this using water.
  • Pat the turkey dry before you place it in the hot oil.
  • Wear gloves, safety glasses, and cover your clothes when tending to the frying turkey.
  • If operating your fryer outdoors, use a level surface, away from decks, trees, and structures.
  • Never leave a fryer unattended.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher near by.

Burning Leaves Safely

Falling leaves are often the first signs of the seasonal shift — and of more yardwork. As the piles of raked leaves build up, you’re faced with a new problem: how to dispose of them.

A popular method of disposal is to burn them. If you’re burning leaves in your outdoor fire pit, it may be tempting to throw trash onto the pile, such as household garbage, construction debris or old papers. While leaves and grass clippings can be disposed of through burning, the Washington Township Fire Department cautions using flammable liquids to ignite the debris.

Keep an eye on the fire at all times and be prepared to extinguish it at any moment — if the wind picks up or the weather changes, an open burning can quickly get out of control.

Safe alternatives to burning leaves include:

  • Recycling. Tree limbs, grass clippings, leaves and brush can be composted, mulched or chipped into landscaping material.
  • Scheduling an additional pickup. Call Rumpke to see if they provide curbside collection of bagged leaves, although there are limitations on what they will pick up.
  • Calling a yard waste or junk removal service. They will take the debris to the dump or recycling center.


Published: 11/9/21

Congratulations to our Fire Prevention Poster Winners

The Washington Township Fire Department would like to thank all of the third graders enrolled in Dublin City Schools, Washington Elementary (Hilliard Schools), St. Brigid’s, Tree of Life, or homeschooled in Dublin or Washington Township for participating in this year’s National Fire Prevention Week poster contest. The theme this year was LEARN THE SOUNDS OF FIRE SAFETY. Congratulations to Emery from Washington Elementary as the overall winner. Emery received a trophy and a $25 gift card to Graeter’s Ice Cream.

Here is the list of all the other student winners:

Bailey Elementary
Parsh – 1st Place
Lily – Runner Up

Chapman Elementary
Almika – 1st Place
Miles – Runner Up

Deer Run Elementary
Madison – 1st Place
Ellie – Runner Up

Depp Elementary
Ayla – 1st Place
Vivian – Runner Up

Glacier Ridge Elementary
Jessica – 1st Place
Angela – Runner Up

Hopewell Elementary
Moukthika – 1st Place
Sam – Runner Up

Indian Run Elementary
Sarah – 1st Place
Gwen – Runner Up

Olde Sawmill Elementary
Leah – 1st Place
Tyler – Runner Up

Eli Pinney Elementary
Hudson – 1st Place
Quil – Runner Up

Riverside Elementary
Amelia – 1st Place
Alexander – Runner Up

Scottish Corners Elementary
Kirat – 1st Place
Emma – Runner Up

St. Brigid Elementary
Sofia – 1st Place
Shelby – Runner Up

Thomas Elementary
Jeanette – 1st Place
Abdalla – Runner Up

Tree of Life
Lydia – 1st Place
Havah – Runner Up

Washington Elementary
Emery – Grand Prize Winner
Shelby – Runner Up

Wright Elementary
Liliana – 1st Place
Harmonie – Runner Up

Wyandot Elementary
Aishani – 1st Place
Mia – Runner Up



Updated: 11/9/21

Washington Township Looking for a Contract Photographer

Washington Township and the Washington Township Fire Department is seeking a professional photography vendor to be on contract and capture photos during the end of 2021 and all of 2022. The vendor will capture images for use on all media channels including, but not limited to, the township’s website, social media accounts, newsletters, posters, promotional publications, and advertisements.

We will use these images primarily for township related materials including print ads, composite portraits, social media campaigns, and newsletters. These outlets require prominent and captivating images that help tell the story of Washington Township and the Washington Township Fire Department.

The request for proposal is due by November 12, 2021.

Download: Request for Proposal



Created: 10/19/2021

Be safe, be seen on Halloween

If you will be escorting your children through your neighborhood on Beggar’s Night or to and from a neighbor’s house for a Halloween Party, share the rules of safety you’d like your children to follow when they decide what costume they will wear, cross streets, approach homes, and collect candy.

  • Masks and costumes should not impair sight or be a tripping hazard.
  • If possible, wear something reflective.
  • Some athletic shoes have reflective accents. Stickers intended for bicycles and helmets work well too.
  • Always look both ways before crossing streets and never assume drivers see you or will stop for you.
  • Don’t approach homes that don’t have an outside light on or some obvious indication that they welcome trick or treaters.
  • It’s always best to accept candy from people you know.
  • If you venture outside your immediate neighborhood, inspect the candy when you get home for signs of tampering.


Update 10/11/2021

Four Small Permanent Fire Levies will not be Collected in 2022

The Franklin County Budget Commission has approved Washington Township’s request to forgo four small permanent fire levies for 2022 that would save Dublin homeowners $34.14 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, or about $102 dollars on a $300,000 valued home. The levies have been present since the early 1970s.

The estimated revenue foregone by the township would be about $3 million. By voting each year to not collect this revenue stream, the township will gradually reduce the township’s all fund balance of $40 million.

“Because of the healthy state of our township and our continued spending discipline over the past several years, we believe we can evaluate the need for these four permanent levies each year,” said Trustee Charles Kranstuber. “I am very optimistic that we won’t have to collect these levies for years to come.”

“Our goal is to reduce the amount collected from the taxpayers until the fund balance is in line with accepted norms,” said Trustee Denise King. “By not collecting the four small permanent levies in 2022 and possibly beyond, the board can methodically reduce the fund balance while keeping enough in reserve to respond to emergencies. We can do this because the board strategically transferred parks, kept staff levels stable, and instituted EMS billing, thereby making this tax savings possible.”

“It’s the right thing to do,” said Trustee Jan Rozanski. “We as trustees will continue to be financially responsible, while also maintaining the excellent fire and EMS services our community is so proud of.”

The Washington Township Trustees passed the resolution in April 2021, and was approved by the budget commission in August.


Posted: 9/20/2021

Learn What to Burn

As patio fire pits and outdoor fireplaces grow in popularity, so does backyard burning. Homeowners enjoy fire pits and outdoor fireplaces for warmth, recreation and cooking. Backyard fires are permissible in Dublin and the unincorporated Township, as long as they comply with Ohio Fire Code and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines:

  1. Recreational “small” fires must be confined to an approved outdoor container if the open burn is within 50 feet of a structure.
  2. The container keeps the size of the fire to less than three feet in width and no higher than two feet.
  3. The fire is controlled by the burn container, which reduces the fire exposure risk to nearby structures.
  4. The fire pit or approved container must be at least 15 feet away from any structure or combustible surface. This minimal distance is per national, state and local fire code requirements for open burning in approved containers.
  • Avoid windy conditions that can blow hot embers onto combustible surfaces. It’s possible that conditions in Ohio could prompt burn bans, depending on dry weather conditions.
  • Remove leaves and other combustible materials around the pit to ensure the fire doesn’t accidentally spread.
  • Always have a container of water nearby and a garden hose on standby before starting the fire.
  • Do not use lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline to start a fire because of the risks of severe burn injury. Instead, place a crumpled piece of paper or cardboard and cover with kindling. As the wood catches fire, add larger pieces until you’re able to add a dry seasoned log or two.
  • Extinguish a fire by spreading the ashes over a larger surface area to cool. Then, pour water over the ashes to make sure they are completely extinguished, as ashes can re-ignite.
  • If you have a fire that escapes your fire pit and moves into a nearby pile of kindling or a combustible surface, call 9-1-1 immediately, then apply water if it’s available.

Keep in mind that outdoor fires can cause smoke scares if the source of the smoke is not readily apparent. These 9-1-1 calls are treated as potential fires, which commit firefighters and equipment until the source of the smoke is identified. Consider notifying your neighbors of your intent to have backyard fires so they are aware of the source of any smoke they may see or smell.


Published: 9/14/21

September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized annually in September to encourage family and community disaster planning for not only a month, but every day, throughout the year. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11, where a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States took place on American soil on September 11, 2001.

This year’s theme for National Preparedness Month is: “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.

“Emergencies can happen at any time and without any notice, so it’s important to think ahead and be prepared,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “National Preparedness Month is a good opportunity for Ohioans to make a plan to expect the unexpected.”

“This year’s theme is the epitome of emergency management: We Prepare to Protect,” said Ohio Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Sima Merick. “We prepare and we make plans to protect ourselves and others from hazards – natural and man-made – that can impact our lives. National Preparedness Month is the opportune time to review your emergency plans, and to restock items in your disaster supply kits.”

In coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Ready campaign, the Ohio EMA and ReadyOhio, we encourage households, county EMAs, businesses, schools, and places of worship to plan for emergencies by participating in the weekly themes for National Preparedness Month 2021:

Week 1 (September 1-4):       Make an Emergency Plan

Week 2 (September 5-11):     Build Emergency Preparedness Kits

Week 3 (September 12-18):   Volunteer within Your Community / Ohio Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Week 4 (September 19-25):   Prepare for Disasters

Rumpke Waste and Recycling

Starting January of 2022, Washington Township will provide residential solid waste and recycling services to the unincorporated residents free of charge. The residential service package selected by the Township includes one 95/gallon rolling trash cart and one 95/gallon rolling recycling cart for each residence. This standardized option ensures residents have plenty of room for trash and recyclables, and supports efficient cost-effective automated service across the Township.

A letter was mailed to all these residents at the end of July, explaining the process and asking for feedback. You can read the letter here.

If you feel 95/gallon carts will present a hardship for you, please contact the Township Administrator by phone, or email by August 31, 2021. Emails should be sent to Eric Richter, or you can give him a call at 614-652-3920. We will use this information in our upcoming discussions with Rumpke.


Posted: 8/10/2021

Back-to-School Fire Safety

Back-to-school season is here and students of all ages could should know the basics about fire safety whether it is at home or at school.

 Here are a few simple tips on fire safety, to share with friends and family.


Stop, drop, and roll


“Stop, drop, and roll” is the fire safety principle so fundamental that your children will probably be learning it in school this year… if they haven’t already! Now is a good time to go over what to do in the event that you catch on fire.


People should stop moving, get on the ground, and roll around on the ground to effectively “smother” the flames and extinguish them due to the lack of oxygen. You can also cover your face in the process to keep away from the flames.


Always keep calm


A calm response to emergencies is always smart in and out of school, and in every kind of emergency. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association notes that “order is more important than speed” when performing a fire drill and, therefore, preparing for the event of a real fire.


Staying calm will help even large families or groups of students get out safely without missing important steps.


Get to know emergency exits


Just as your child will learn about emergency routes and exits at school, they can do the same at home, too. Help show them the best route to take in case of an emergency at home and instruct them where to meet you once safely outside.


Posted: 7/29/21