April 16, 2012
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Alexandria Fire Department (AFD) reminds grilling enthusiasts and basic backyard cooks alike to remember grilling safety as the outdoor cooking season heats up. In 2003-2006, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 7,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year, causing 120 reported injuries and $80 million in direct property damage.
One-third of the non-confined home structure fires involving grills started on an exterior balcony or unenclosed porch, 18% started on a courtyard, terrace, or patio, and 11% started on an exterior wall surface. Of these fires that involved gas grills, the leading contributing factor was a leak or break in hoses or other equipment, and the leading contributing factor of fires involving charcoal or other solid-fueled grills was something that could burn being too close to the grill.
In 2007, 18,600 patients nationwide went to emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills.
For general grilling safety tips, audio clips, statistical information, and a slide show on how to prepare your gas grill for grilling, visit www.nfpa.org/grilling.
NFPA and AFD offers the following grilling safety tips:
If you have a grill fire, immediately move a safe distance from the fire and call 911.
The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires is failure to clean them.
As we move towards more energy efficient lighting, the Alexandria Fire Department wants to share this information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the City of Alexandria's Solid Waste Division concerning the safe disposal of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL):
Use: Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) are lighting more homes than ever before, and EPA is encouraging Americans to use and recycle them safely. Carefully recycling CFLs prevents the release of mercury into the environment and allows for the reuse of glass, metals and other materials that make up fluorescent lights. *Please read this flyer about the use and safe disposal of CFLs.
Breakage Clean Up: Fluorescent light bulbs and some older thermostats and thermometers contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within glass tubing. Learn more about EPA Clean Up Recommendations for broken fluorescent light bulbs and other mercury containing items
Disposal: Unbroken fluorescent bulbs or properly sealed broken bulbs can be taken to the City's Household Hazardous Waste Site.
For more information, contact Robert B. Rodriguez, Chief Fire Marshal / Community Services Officer, Alexandria Fire Department, at 703.746.5217 or email@example.com
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