After toddler death in Auburn, Senate moves to mandate grease trap safety

February 14, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

After the death of a 3-year-old girl in Auburn last year, the Alabama State Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would require restaurants to ensure their grease traps are safe and properly secured.

The bill, proposed by Auburn Republican Sen. Tom Whatley, is named after Sadie Grace Andrews, a toddler who fell into a 6-foot grease trap at an Auburn ice creams shop in October 2017, drowning before her parents could find her.

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Senate Health Committee approves bill requiring restaurants to secure grease traps

February 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Senate Health Committee voted to give a favorable report to legislation requiring restaurants and other commercial food service establishments to securely cover their grease traps to prevent unauthorized access.  Senate Bill 258 today is sponsored by state Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn.

Sadly, this legislation was introduced in response to the tragic death of three-year-old Sadie Grace Andrews. In Oct. 2017, Sadie drowned in a 6-foot deep grease trap outside of Bruster’s Real Ice Cream on East University Drive in Auburn.

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