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NFPA and ESPN’s Hannah Storm warn Super Bowl grillers to play it safe

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on Jan 30, 2013

 

The Super Bowl is inching nearer, and a lot of eager cooks will start firing up their grills in preparation. However, there are dangers involved with grilling that are often unaccounted for. The NFPA has collaborated with ESPN SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm to release a series of PSAs on those risks.

This past December, Storm was cooking dinner for her kids when the wind blew out the flame on her open grill. She turned to the gas and prepared to re-light it. Unbeknownst to her, propane gas had been on top of the grill, and it erupted into a fireball. She sustained first- and second-degree burns, and only returned to television on January 1st after extensive healing.

This PSA encourages responsible grilling practices, especially this weekend for the Super Bowl, and reminds the public to turn off the gas and wait for at least 15 minutes before attempting to re-ignite a grill that has gone out. A few moments of caution could save cooks and their families from burns and trauma.

Please check out our grilling safety tips at www.nfpa.org/Hannah.

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