4 grilling fire safety resources to get your summer cooking events off on the right foot

With summer in full swing, many of us are busy preparing menus, and our grills, for all the barbecues, backyard soirees and beach parties we'll be hosting (and attending!).

But before you fire up that grill, NFPA is reminding people to brush up on their grilling skills. According to our reports, July is the peak month for grilling fires and we want everyone to play it safe.

Not sure where to start? Here are some resources to help:

• A "Grilling Fire Safety Tips" video that takes you through four quick steps to help you make the right decisions when it comes time to turn on (and turn off) that grill.
Checklists and tip sheets provide best practices for when you're actually cooking on the grill.
• Tips for outdoor cooking with portable grills for when you head to the park, beach or campground.
• A "Simple Test for Checking Gas Grill Leaks" video that provides basic tips on how to prepare your grill before your first cookout of the season.

All of these resources can be downloaded for free and make it easy for you to follow along as you start cooking for family and friends. There's even information about how to keep fire safe while entertaining guests outside at your home. Share them with friends and family!

This holiday and throughout the summer, NFPA wants everyone to keep grilling fire safety top of mind. Start now by checking out our grilling fire safety webpage for all of these resources and more. You'll find that if you do, you'll be able to create wonderful memories and meals now and for months to come!

So play it safe, everyone, and have a great summer!

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LisaMarie Sinatra
Communications Manager, Public Affairs Office