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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 23, 2017 (International)
Cron Crime Ring Stole Hundreds Of Thousands From Mobile Bankers
Members of a Russian hacking group dubbed “Cron” have been arrested for spearheading a campaign to plant malware on Android devices to steal from bank customers. The attack netted the hackers roughly $892,000—small potatoes in the financial cybercrime world—but the group apparently had plans to widen its operation. Reuters broke the news, citing a report compiled by Group-IB, which investigated the attack with the Russian Interior Ministry. The perpetrators exploited weaknesses in SMS text message transfer services, allowing the cyber-criminals to funnel funds to personal accounts. It targeted customers of local bank Sberbank, tricking them into downloading fake mobile banking applications, pornography or ecommerce programs. These programs were instead, of course, malware that allowed the group to text messages from those devices to arrange for the transfer of money to the hackers' accounts.

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