Sunday, May 27, 2012
With Memorial Day weekend
signifying the “official” start to summer, we would like to pass on a few
thoughts and statistics.
Ø In 2005-2009, U.S. fire
departments responded to an average of 8,200 home fires involving grills,
hibachis or barbecues per year, including an average of 3,400 structure fires
and 4,800 outside fires. These 8,200 fires caused an annual average of 15 civilian
deaths, 120 civilian injuries and $75 million in direct property damage.
Ø In 2009, the Coast Guard counted 4,730 accidents
that involved 736 deaths, 3,358 injuries and approximately $36 million
dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
Three-fourths (75%) of all fatal boating accidents in 2009 resulted from
drowning. EIGHTY-FOUR PERCENT WERE NOT WEARING LIFE JACKETS! Seven out
of ten who drowned were in open motorboats less than 21 feet in length.
A lot of people have been affected by one, or both of the
above items and we are not an exception.
Please be safe this summer.
Please not forget what Memorial Day is about. Thank our Veterans and Active Military personnel. The world that we live in would not be the
same if it were not for these people.