Warm balmy nights, food cooking on the grill, and friends and family spending quality time together in the backyard or around the pool create wonderful memories that last a lifetime. But, hosting outdoor events (especially for those living in high-risk wildfire areas) also means there’s an increased risk of grass and brush fires and home fires. To this end, NFPA created a new "outdoor entertaining" webpage that provides all kinds of great resources to help you plan your next summer party safely. From setting the table to decorating the landscape, find tips sheets, infographics, videos and more.
Did you know? NFPA is now a regular content contributor for Martha Stewart Living! Check out our latest outdoor entertaining blog on her website!
As you take a look at all of our great information, remember, following some simple safety tips and guidelines can help ensure you and your guests stay safe. Consider these tips below when you host your next outdoor event to reduce the risk of grass and brush fires:
- Have an adult present at all times when a portable fireplace is burning
- Use sturdy candle holders that won’t tip over easily
- Keep anything that can burn, as well as children and pets, at least three feet away from open flames
- Use battery-operated flameless candles and solar-powered patio (tiki) torches in place of an open flame. Flameless candles come in all colors, shapes and sizes, and many are scented. Flameless candles look and feel like the real ones, and add a beautiful soft glow to any outdoor event.
Don't forget, you can find these tips and more on our website at www.nfpa.org/outdoorentertaining. Take a look today!
Enjoy your summer! And thanks for keeping fire safety top of mind, everyone!
NOTE: Photo first appeared on MarthaStewart.com.