Orland Fire offers tips on avoiding mishaps while barbecuing

Orland Fire offers tips on avoiding mishaps while barbecuing

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Orland Fire offers tips on avoiding mishaps while barbecuing

Safe grilling is the topic May 24 at the Orland Fire Protection District’s monthly program “Coffee and Conversations” which addresses a wide range of topics involving family and personal safety.

How to barbecue safely and avoid mishaps is the topic of this month’s “Coffee and Conversation” hosted monthly by the Orland Fire Protection District.

The “Coffees” are open to the public and this month will be held on Thursday, May 24 at the Fire District’s administration building, 9790 W. 151st Street. The two-hour program begins at 10 AM.

Fire officials cautioned that what begins as a fun family summer event can end up with injuries caused by burns from the grill and worse.

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Fire Chief Michael Schofield said the mishaps and injuries are avoidable if families follow basic safety steps.

“The summer barbecue can and should be a fun time for families. It takes a little care to ensure that nothing will go wrong. Families are dealing with fire, propane tanks and lighter fluid and they can’t be taken for granted. Any one of those items could become part of an accident that causes injuries that is avoidable,” Schofield said.

Schofield said the “Conversation” this month will discuss accidents that have happened and how they can be avoided.

The “Coffee & Conversation” program is hosted by the OFPD, Orland Senior Advisory Council (SAC), and Aishling Companion Home Care.

Attendance is free of charge. For more information, visit the Orland Fire Protection District’s website at www.OrlandFire.org to check on upcoming “Coffee and Conversation” topics and dates.

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