Focus on outdoor cooking fire safety during National Grilling Month
This month, families will be cooking up lots of great BBQ dishes in honor of National Grilling Month. As I was reading a handful of articles about this "delicious and tasty" month, I came across a pres release from Business Wire titled, "Acosta Unveils 2016 Grilling Insights in Honor of National Grilling Month." Acosta is a sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods industry, and in honor of National Grilling Month, the company has released new research about the grilling habits and preferences of U.S. shoppers. For instance, the study indicates that grilling goes beyond traditional summer barbecues, with 61 percent of respondents saying they venture outside the home and grill at places such as the beach, parks, ballgames and more. Here are some other interesting statistics: * Seven in 10 shopper respondents plan to grill for Labor Day * Sixty-nine percent of respondents grill eight or more months of the year * Of the 61 percent of grillers who tailgate, 29 percent tailgate grill at a sports stadium or arena, while 40 percent grill at home for sporting events Still, with all of this outdoor cooking activity amidst drought conditions, hot and humid weather, it's really important to keep fire safety in mind. NFPA has taken the guesswork out of grilling safely on the road by providing steps to help reduce your risk for injuries via a free and easily downloadable tips sheet. We also break down the steps of portable grilling fire safety from how to choose what site is safe for grilling and campfires to what to do with the charcoal ashes post party. So what are you waiting for? If you're one of the hundreds of people who will be firing up the portable grill on the road this summer season, you won't want to miss these great safety tips. Got any great recipes you want to share? Let us know and we'll be sure to try them out. Safe grilling everyone!