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A family of five in Charlotte, NC, was able to escape their home this past Saturday when smoke alarms woke them up, giving them the time to get out safely. More than 20 firefighters were on scene to put out the fire; the home was considered a total loss. 

The same day, another Charlotte, NC, home fire occurred in the early hours of the morning. The fire department, which credited smoke alarms with alerting the occupants, pulled one family member through a second-story window. The other three were carried down the stairs. It took 26 firefighters to bring the fire under control.

Smoke alarms save lives: Test yours every month to make sure they're working!

Call me crazy but I just learned that July is National Grilling Month! Yes, that’s right. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), this is the month to focus on all things grilling and food safety. It make sense to me because as you’ve heard us mention many times before, June and July are peak months for grilling incidents. Consider NFPA’s 2013 report on cooking equipment fires, which states that gas grills were involved in an annual average of 7,200 home fires in 2007-2001, while charcoal grills and other solid-fueled grills were responsible for an annual average of 1,400 home fires.

With all of this said, it’s so important to consider all the right moves when it comes to grilling this summer season - let's lower these statistics.Grill

To start, a list of resources can be found on the USDA grilling web page, including NFPA’s safety tips sheet and other related information to help you and your family reduce the risk of injuries. 

Parents, our new grilling infographic is another great resource to add to your arsenal. And find specific information about how to prepare your grill and properly maintain it in our latest grilling press release and on our grilling safety web page.

No matter how you slice your meat, fish or vegetables for the grill, there are safety tips and resources for everyone during National Grilling Month. Take some time out this month to celebrate our love for our favorite grilled foods but remember - always keep safety in mind!

Image credit:  North Dakota State University Extension Service

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