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HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day honors the men and women who serve our country. Many people consider Memorial Day to be the unofficial start of the season. This year, we celebrate the holiday on May 29th. Many families will heat up the grill, and maybe head to the beach. Please Take a few minutes to show appreciation and kindness to someone serving our country and pay tribute to those who have gone before us and made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Reach out to a military family in your community and or visit an older veteran or wounded vet. You will be blessed! "Remembering Those Who Served"

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GRILL SAFETY: Things you need to know

Be sure to use safe grilling practices as the peak months for grilling fires approach – June and July. Gas grills in particular constitute a higher risk of home fires during peak months. Liquid petroleum (LP) gas or propane, used in gas grills, is highly flammable. Many of these fires and explosions occur when consumers first use a grill that has been left idle for a period of time or just after refilling and reattaching the grill's gas container. To reduce the risk of fire or explosion, consumers should routinely perform the following safety checks:

  • Check the tubes that lead into the burner for any blockage from insects, spiders, or food grease. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear blockage and push it through to the main part of the burner.
  • Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.
  • Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease. If you can't move the hoses, install a heat shield to protect them.
  • Replace scratched or nicked connectors, which can eventually leak gas.
  • Check for gas leaks, following the manufacturer's instructions, if you smell gas or when you reconnect the grill to the LP gas container. If you detect a leak, immediately turn off the gas and don't attempt to light the grill until the leak is fixed.
  • Keep lighted cigarettes, matches, or open flames away from a leaking grill.
  • Never use a grill indoors. Use the grill at least 10 feet away from your house or any building. Do not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or under a surface that can catch fire.
  • Do not attempt to repair the tank valve or the appliance yourself. See an LP gas dealer or a qualified appliance repair person.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions that accompany the grill.
  • Always keep propane tanks upright. Never store a spare gas container under or near the grill or indoors. Never store or use flammable liquids, like gasoline, near the grill.
  • To avoid accidents while transporting LP gas containers, consumers should transport the container in a secure, upright position. Never keep a filled container in a hot car or car trunk.
  • Don't forget to have a fire extinguisher on hand.
  • know how to cut fuel supplies, extinguish fires and call the fire department.
  • You should also know something about treating burns.
  • Grilling requires some clear thinking, especially when it's time to pull it all together. Save that drink for after the fire is out.

We wish you and your family a very Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

 

Grilling facts from National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

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