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TIP OF THE WEEK: Grilling Season Safety
As Memorial Day nears, grill masters are reaching for their spatulas, eager to usher in the long-awaited barbecue season. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges grillers to be particularly mindful of cooking safety in the spring and summer months, when grilling fires most often occur.

According to NFPA’s latest “Home Grill Fires” report, three out of five households own a gas grill, which means a lot of great food and family times. But, it also means there’s a notable risk of home fires. From 2009–2013, an annual average of 8,900 home fires involved grills, hibachis or barbecues, and almost half of all grilling injuries involved thermal burns. Although many (nearly half) of grillers do so year-round, grilling fires peak in July, followed by May, June and August.

Grilling Fire Safety
While gas grills cause more home fires than charcoal grills, the NFPA reminds everyone that all types of grills pose a risk for fires and burn injuries. More than one-quarter of home grill fires started on an exterior balcony or open porch, another 27 percent started in a courtyard, terrace or patio, and eight percent began in the kitchen.

The NFPA suggests the following additional tips for grilling:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed away the home or deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Children and pets should be at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease and fat buildup from the grates and trays below.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

For additional information and resources including tips for outdoor cooking with portable grills, visit


May 24, 2017 (Illinois)
What President Trump’s Budget Proposal Could Mean For Illinois
(CHICAGO) — Illinois would be losing out on a lot of funding if President Trump’s budget proposal passed as is. The budget as a whole slashes domestic spending while cutting taxes. The Chicago Sun-Times reports some of those cuts hit programs that help the Illinois poor. They would also mark the end of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and cut subsidies for eight Amtrak routes that run through Chicago. The Energy Department Office of Science is losing money, so that means fewer funds for Argonne and Fermi labs in the suburbs. Infrastructure could take a hit if the President ends Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants. Democratic Congressman Brad Schneider says the proposed end of the Impact Aid program would be a “huge deal.” 21st Century Community Learning funds and National Park Service National Heritage Area programs could also be eliminated. Congressman Dan Lipinski says President Trump’s plan to shift air traffic control from the FAA to a private corporation means funding lapses to O’Hare and Midway airports. Republican Congressman Peter Roskam’s spokesman says they’re still reviewing the proposal.     

May 24, 2017 (National)
Graco Recalls 25,000 Car Seats That May Not Restrain Child In A Crash
Graco Children’s Products Inc. (Graco) has issued a recall of more than 25,000 car seats. The model impacted is the Graco My Ride 65 convertible child restraint. The company says the seat webbing may not restrain the child in the event of a crash. The model numbers impacted are:  1871689, 1908152, 1813074, 1872691, 1853478, 1877535, 1813015, and 1794334. Graco says it will notify owners who are registered owners of the car seats. Dealers will provide consumers with a replacement harness, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 17, 2017. Owners may contact Graco customer service at 1-800-345-4109. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

May 24, 2017 (National)
Ford Recalls 3,000 Trucks, SUVs
Ford (F) on Wednesday issued two recalls spanning 3,000 trucks and sport-utility vehicles in North America. The largest recall, covering approximately 2,195 vehicles in the U.S., affects certain 2017 Ford F-150 and Super Duty pickup trucks and 2017 Ford Explorer SUVs. Ford said the affected vehicles may have driver seat back frames that were improperly welded, so the seats may not adequately restrain occupants in a crash. The company isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue. The automaker is also calling back about 551 trucks, including 247 in the U.S., that were fitted with aftermarket chrome exterior door handle covers purchased from a Ford dealer. Ford said the aftermarket chrome cover may cause exterior door handles to unlatch during a side impact. 

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