Grilling Tips: How to Stay Safe At Your Summertime Barbecue

Grilling Tips: How to Stay Safe At Your Summertime Barbecue

As we start to think about what to put on the grill, it’s also important to consider how to stay safe while we’re grilling. According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 7,900 home fires per year involve gas grills and about 1,300 home fires involve charcoal or other solid-fueled grills. Most fires involving grills happen in July (17%) followed by May (14%) and June (14%).

Here are a few tips to help you and your family stay safe this grilling season:

Summertime Healthy Eating

Summertime Healthy Eating

Contrary to my mother’s opinion, bbq does not only consist of ribs, ribs and more ribs. Though ribs are delicious, they are not the only food group when it comes to barbecue. Summertime is a great time to try some leaner and healthier meats on the grill. And, while you’re trying something new at your cookout, why not throw a few veggies on the grill, and dare I say it, a fruit or two.  

Here are a few ways to make your cookout more healthy.

Summer's Here and So Is the Heat

Summer's Here and So Is the Heat

Summer is finally here. This means vacations, sunshine, pool parties, BBQ, lazy days and long nights. In the South, it also signals the coming of the dreaded heat and humidity. The it’s-too-hot-to-touch-the-steering-wheel days and the it’s-way-too-hot-to-go-outside days. And, let’s not forget the it’s-definitely-too-hot-to-workout days.

So, how can we beat the heat and stay active? Here are a few summertime tips to help keep you motivated to stay active, even on those too-hot-to-move days.

#MoveinMay - It’s Time to Pump You Up

#MoveinMay - It’s Time to Pump You Up

You’ve broken the barrier on physical activity. You started slowly and gradually added more activities to your daily routine. Then, you combined moderate-intense and vigorous activities and learned how to exercise in your target heart rate zone for maximum benefits. So, what’s next?

In the famous words of SNL alums Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon as Hans and Franz, “It’s time to pump (clap) you up.”

#MoveinMay - Time to Add Intensity to Your Exercise

#MoveinMay - Time to Add Intensity to Your Exercise

Now that you’re comfortable with moderate physical activities, you can begin to increase your intensity. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate-intense aerobic activity at least 5 days a week or 25 minutes of vigorous-intense aerobic activity at least 3 days a week - or a combination of both.