A Long Island woman is being charged with reckless endangerment for accidentally poisoning herself, her husband and three children with carbon monoxide after lighting a barbecue inside her home. The Daily News reports that Marie Claudia-Blaise reverted to the grill after she ran out of heating oil. No one died, so feel free to have a chuckle at something that appears to be straight out of the Tim “The Toolman” Taylor playbook. Actually, don’t chuckle. This is a sad story.
A mother’s family was cold, and she ran out of ways to keep them warm. While most people know not to light a BBQ inside because direct coal combustion in an enclosed space is a clear no-no, her intentions (from what is known) were pure. Give the lady a break. If she does it again, take the damn grill away from her.
Everyone has made an affront to common sense at least once in their lives. Here’s a list of things we may or may not have done that are on par with lighting a BBQ grill inside: