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Saturday, June 21st marked the first official day of summer and that means days filled with outdoor pool and lawn parties and camping excursions. So, what goes hand-in-hand with these fun activities? You guessed it, grilling.

Did you know that June and July are the peak months for grilling fires? According to an NFPA report on home fires involving cooking equipment, gas grills were involved in an annual average of 7,200 home fires from 2007-2011, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average of 1,400 home fires. 

But we can definitely do something about lowering those statistics, right? This new infographic, developed by NFPA and the U.S. Fire Administration, provides an easy way to remember important safety tips when it comes time to cook up your favorite burgers. You can find the infographic on NFPA's grilling safety webpage along with other great resources like videos and a tip sheet. Or just download the PDF and print it out. It's the perfect "garnish" to your family meal ... posting it on your fridge will serve as a great reminder to "do the right thing" each time you fire up the grill. 

Take a look today and share it with your friends and family. You'll be glad you did.



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NFPA’s revised lightning safety tip sheet has clear, concise messaging to appeal to wider audiences about the dangers of lightning. Thunder and lightning storms happen all the time, but lightning strikes and lightning fires occur most often in the summer.  As the National Weather Service commemorates Lightning Safety Awareness Week , keep safety measures in mind.

    • If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away.

    • Do not go under trees for shelter.

    • Wait at least 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder before leaving your shelter.

    • Stay away from windows and doors. Stay off porches.

    • There is no safe place outside.

    • If a person is struck by lightning, call 911. Get medical help right away.


You can review additional lightning safety information and all of NFPA’s safety tips sheets on the website.

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