Each summer it's probably the same in your house as in mine; meals on the run, impromptu parties filled with light snacks for friends, sleepovers and "junk food" for the kids. When you look back at the blur of what was July and August, I bet the kitchen wasn't a place you spent oodles of time in. But that all changes once the fall hits, right? Students head back to school, vacations wind down and the cooler days invite more structure around meals.
According to Good Housekeeping Magazine, this September marks the launch of National Family Meals Month, a perfect time to cook up those great recipes you've collected over the summer and share more time in the kitchen with your family. National Family Meals Month is an industry-wide movement to raise awareness of the benefits of eating together by bringing families back to the table to share one more meal at home per week.
Of course, with more time spent inside and at the stove, NFPA wants you to keep fire safety top of mind. So, when you're in the kitchen this fall, you'll want to remember these few key tips :
- Keep an eye on what you fry
- Be alert when cooking
- Keep things that can catch fire away from cooking area
Check out some of NFPA's other great resources for cooking fire safety on its webpage. And, as you talk about the importance of scheduling more family time around the table, you can feel great knowing you're also sharing important fire safety information like tips sheets and videos with family and friends.
So go ahead and enjoy the bounty of food that Fall brings. Bring your family together for more laughs and conversation at the table, and work as a family team to make fire safety a priority whenever you're in the kitchen. Why not start today? Make September your starting point ... Got a great recipe to share? What did you do to incorporate more family time around the table this month? We'd love to hear from you. Tell us today!
Learn more at www.nfpa.org/cooking.