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Alabama Family Advocating for Restaurant Grease Trap Regs After Child’s Tragic Death

August 04, 2019

AUBURN, AL. – According to an online news report posted at, family members from Alabama are advocating for restaurant grease trap regulations after the tragic death of their child. The child fell through a grease trap lid at an Alabama restaurant, and her mother has been pushing for changes around the country.* 

The tragedy happened in October 2017, when a family was visiting an ice cream shop in Auburn, Alabama. A 3-year-old girl walked onto the plastic covering for a grease trap below the floor, and the lid gave way. KTAR reports the child fell into the grease trap and tragically drowned. 

Since that day, the child’s mother has been working to effect change in the restaurant business. She was successful in securing legislation in Alabama that requires stronger lids — strong enough to hold the weight of a person — on all underground grease traps. Underground grease traps also need to be locked, thanks to the new law. Restaurants that do not comply with the requirements can face a fine. 

But there is still work to be done, the woman says, as similar tragedies have continued to happen elsewhere in the country. KTAR reports that in July 2019, another child, also 3 years old, tragically died after falling through the lid of an underground grease trap at a restaurant in Rochester, New York. The Alabama mother said she was devastated to hear the news and angry that this happened to another family. 

“[I]t’s the exact same thing that happened to my daughter,” the woman said. “After what we tried to accomplish so that the rest of the country would not have to go through this tragedy, there’s yet another mom who is experiencing shock, gut-wrenching heartache, and a nightmare that she is going to have to live with the rest of her life.” 

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