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.
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