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FASNY offers lifesaving BBQ and grilling tips during lockdown


Tue, May 19th 2020 11:55 am

By the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York

As New Yorkers are beginning to emerge from “New York State on PAUSE,” looking toward nicer weather and Memorial Day weekend, many will be dusting off and firing up their grills for the first time in months. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York urges all New Yorkers to follow some basic rules and tips to avoid accidents and injuries, and to remember not to hesitate to call for help needed.

“The warmer weather will certainly encourage New Yorkers to break out their barbecues for some outdoor cooking,” FASNY President Steven Klein said. “We want all residents to stay safe as we emerge from quarantine and heed some basic safety tips. We also remind everyone to continue to follow social distancing rules to keep their families and other families safe for the coming months.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), from 2014-18, an average of 19,700 patients per year went to emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills; and gas grills were involved in an average of 8,900 home fires per year – including 3,900 structure fires and 4,900 outdoor fires annually.

Keep everyone safe by following the important tips below.

Tips from the NFPA and FASNY:

  • Propane and charcoal barbecue grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it. 

Grilling Safety Video from the NFPA

About FASNY 

Founded in 1872, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York represents the interests of the approximately 90,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York. For more information, visit www.fasny.com.    

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