Beat the Heat: 12 Summer Safety Tips
Celebrate the warm-weather, worry-free bliss of summer while helping keep your friends and family out of harm's way. Use these summer safety tips for your next barbecue, fireworks display or campfire.
5 grilling basics
- Cool it off
During a flare-up, move the meat to a cooler side of the grill, then briefly cover the grill to cut off the oxygen supply
- 165° F
Safe internal temperature for grilling chicken
- Keep it clean
Regularly remove grease from a grill's stainless steel to mitigate fire hazards.
- Mind the gas
A loose hose, tiny holes or any damage to the propane tank can create gas leaks. Regularly inspect your connections.
- 10 feet
The minimum distance between your house and your grill.
4 fireworks smarts
- Leave it to the pros
That's the best recommendation for a spectacular fireworks show. Many fireworks are against the law and can cause major damage.
The temperature of burning sparklers.
Reports of fireworks-associated fires each year.
- Bucket of water
Keep one nearby in case of a fire or to dispose of sparklers or fireworks.
3 campfire reminders
- 30 inches
Suggested length of a roasting stick to minimize getting too close to a campfire.
- 15 feet
Distance campfires should be from existing structures, trees and greenery, and tents.
- Build a pit
Use a ring of rocks to designate a pit or clearing for the fire. Avoid putting logs directly on grassy areas or decaying leaves.