A lot has been said recently about the importance of safe grilling, especially with the Fourth of July weekend coming up. So as we get closer to the holiday, here’s a reminder for everyone to please play it safe! With family, friends and lots of activity around you, it’s easy to get sidetracked and forget the important stuff like utilizing safe cooking practices.
So in lieu of writing another long list of safety tips and statistics, I thought I’d pass along our top tips to keep in mind as you fire up the grill this holiday weekend:
- Keep an eye on what you’re grilling. Not only will you save your favorite foods from burning, you reduce the risk of accidentally starting a fire.
- Keep children and pets, and anything that can catch fire like dish towels or pot holders away from your cooking area.
- Be alert when you’re cooking. It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and not be aware of what’s happening on or near the grill. Staying focused reduces your risk for injuries.
Of course, additional resources can always be found on NFPA's website. Our grilling safety messages, downloadable tips sheet and infographic are easy to print out and keep handy as you prepare for your family festivities. I urge you to take a look.
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!