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Fire Up the Barbie

July 11th, 2012 by

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Having been raised along the coast and within walking distance of the beach, my family loved to barbecue as often as possible. We would fill our hibachi with charcoal, pour on a generous amount of lighter fluid, throw a lit match on top, and voila, an impressive fire would kindle the briquettes to a deep red glow. The trouble was, sometimes the fire was not big enough to start the charcoal. I would, as a 7 or 8 year old, squirt lighter fluid on the small fire to speed things along. Looking back I wonder where my parents were, and how I managed to avoid igniting myself as the fluid streamed out of the can! To help in this outdoor season, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has outlined a few “grilling safety tips.”

Safety tips

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ 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 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.

Charcoal grills

  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

Propane grills
Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.

 

These tips can be viewed in a safety poster the NFPA published. 
(http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files/PDF/Public%20Education/Grilling_Safety_tips.pdf )

Photo was taken by Tanjila Ahmed.

 


dad Fire Up the BarbieAbout the author:

Jack C. Putnam grew up in Laguna Beach California. He spent two years teaching and doing humanitarian service in Africa as a young adult. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Child Development/Family Science, and a master’s degree in School Psychology. Jack is married and has 5 children and 4 grandchildren.

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Walmart’s Grant Deadline Ending Soon

November 28th, 2011 by

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Walmart and Sam’s Club have been providing community grants for years now and their latest grant application process is coming to an end. If you have heard of this and would like to apply you still have a few weeks! This grant covers a broad range of public and private organizations:

Eligibility Requirements:

The following organizations are eligible to seek funding from the Walmart Store and Sam’s Club Giving Programs:

  • Organizations with current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), (4), (6), or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code and must be listed in the most current IRS 50 State Master File at the time of application.
  • Recognized government entities: State, County and City agencies, including law enforcement and fire departments.
  • Volunteer Fire Departments with current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; or that operate as an entity of a recognized government agency, as demonstrated by primary funding and documented by a letter from that agency.
  • K-12 Public Schools/Districts, Charter Schools, Community/Junior Colleges, State Colleges and Universities.
  • Private schools and colleges with current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Churches and other faith based organizations with propose projects that address and benefit the needs of the community at large. Examples of such projects include:
  • Food Banks
  • Shelters
  • Job Skills Training
For more information about this grant and how to apply, please visit their website by clicking here
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NEW: Order Directly from our Website!

November 28th, 2011 by


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We are pleased to announce that you are now able to purchase your safety education gear online! We are very excited to give you this option and if you have any questions please let us know. Also, we still love phone calls and would love to answer any questions you might have! Click here to contact
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Robotronics to attend EMS EXPO 2010

September 28th, 2010 by

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Robotronics will be attending the EMS EXPO co-located with Firehouse Central and Enforcement Expo on September 29 through October 1 in Dallas, Texas.  At EMS EXPO 2010 we are bringing Sparky the Fire Dog and Pumper, Andy the Ambulance, and PC the Patrol Car robots for everyone to see and try out.  Come visit us at booth number 2543.

Robotronics offers educational fire safety, crime and injury prevention products to assist your department with educating children and adults.  Our robots and costumes make learning about safety enjoyable while increasing retention of the principles taught.  Robotronics really does make it fun to learn about fire safety, crime and injury prevention.  Check with our marketing and sales professionals, Phil Weeks and Floyd Tippetts.  Mention this post and they will give you a free safety item.

Robotronics has been the leader in safety education products for 30 years.  Beginning with our first robot, Pluggie, we now offer thousands of robots, costumes, puppets and educational materials to help your organization teach children how to be safe.  Many of our first robots are still on the job today teaching children how to be safe.  Our ongoing commitment is to help you encourage safety in your community in a fun and enjoyable manner.

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Fast Facts About Smoke Alarms and Fire

September 23rd, 2010 by

From the NFPA website: http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=2022&itemID=47397&URL=Safety+Information/Fire+Prevention+Week+2010/Fast+facts+about+smoke+alarms+and+fire

Smoke Alarms

  • Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a reported fire in half.
  • Most homes (96%) have at least one smoke alarm (according to a 2008 telephone survey.)
  • Overall, three-quarters of all U.S. homes have at least one working smoke alarm.
  • Each year, nearly 3,000 people die in U.S. home fires.
  • In 2003-2006, roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from home fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • No smoke alarms were present in 40% of the home fire deaths.
  • In 23% of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound.
  • In more than half of the reported home fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate even though the fire was large enough, batteries were missing or disconnected. Nuisance alarms were the leading reason for disconnected alarms.
  • More than half of the smoke alarms found in reported fires and two-thirds of the alarms found in homes with fire deaths were powered by battery only.
  • Most homes still have smoke alarms powered by battery only. In a 2007 American Housing Survey (AHS), 67% of the respondents who reported having smoke alarms said they were powered by battery only.
  • In a 2008 telephone survey, only 12% knew that smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • In fires considered large enough to activate a smoke alarm, hard-wired alarms operated 91% of the time; battery-powered smoke alarms operated 75% of the time.
  • Interconnected smoke alarms on all floors increase safety.
  • In a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) survey of households with any fires, interconnected smoke alarms were more likely to operate and alert occupants to a fire. (This includes fires in which the fire department was not called.)

Fire

  • Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and injuries.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths.
  • Heating is the second leading cause of home fires, fire deaths and fire injuries.
  • Electrical failures or malfunctions are factors in roughly 50,000 reported fires each year.
  • Roughly 30, 000 intentionally set home structure fires are reported each year.

In 2008

U.S. fire departments responded to 386,500 home fires.

  • Home fires killed 2,755 people and injured 13,160.
  • Someone was injured in a reported home fire every 40 minutes.
  • Roughly eight people died in home fires every day.
  • A fire department responded to a home fire every 82 seconds.
  • 83% of all fire deaths and 79% of fire injuries resulted from home fires.
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Andy The Ambulance

August 16th, 2010 by
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Andy the Ambulance™ poster

Andy the Ambulance™ is an innovative and effective way to teach hazard awareness, injury prevention, and EMS promotion. Andy is a fully animated, industrial-grade robot; he moves, carries on a 2-way conversation, plays music, and activates his lights and siren, all by remote control! Andy comes equipped with a working rear door and his warning lights flash just like a real ambulance. He can wink, blink, and move his eyes, and with his smiling mouth, he presents a positive and friendly image to young and old alike.

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Andy the Ambulance™ side views

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