As the Labor Day weekend holiday fast approaches, it stands to reason that our conversations (re)turn to menus, parties and yes, grilling! That's why I couldn't help but giggle at this latest article in Newsweek, which totally caught my eye ... see if you can answer the question: Are Women Better Grillers than Men? Apparently, there is a lot of controversy over this one.
So, while you ponder what the answer is to this mighty question (and please, be kind to your friends, spouses and party guests of the opposite sex as you firmly state your case!), just remember, no matter who takes the reigns over the grill this weekend, please play it safe.
According to NFPA reports, in 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,800 home and outside fires. These 8,800 fires caused an annual average of 10 civilian deaths, 140 civilian injuries and $96 million in direct property damage.
Other sobering statistics: gas grills constitute a higher risk, having been involved in an annual average of 7,200 home fires in 2007-2011, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average of 1,400 home fires.
So, all of this is to say that wherever your party plans take you this weekend, do the right thing when you're around the grill. Keep in mind that such things as drinking alcohol, kids playing nearby, dogs barking, and friends stopping to say a few words while you cook, are all distractions that force you to take your eye off the ball. What to do? NFPA's got a great grilling safety tips sheet that you can download and review or tape to your fridge to serve as that all-important (daily) reminder.
This Labor Day weekend, of course, have a blast, but always keep your safety, and the safety of friends and family first and foremost in your mind. Visit our grilling safety web page for more tips and resources to help ensure you have a great holiday weekend!
And by the way...Do let us know the results of the above grilling question. Tell us how your informal poll turned out. Comment on our Facebook page today! Enjoy!