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5 Tips for Safe Summertime Grilling

03
Jul

5 Tips for Safe Summertime Grilling

Outdoor BBQs are a favorite summer activity. While July is a peak month for grilling fires, don’t be another statistic and practice safe grilling techniques! Keep your home safe this summer, and avoid costly insurance claims or injuries to you and your guests by following these five grilling safety tips.

1. Keep Your Grill Outside

The gas and charcoal used in grills produces carbon monoxide which can be deadly if inhaled. Do not operate grills under trees, in an enclosed patio, or near deck railings. This will allow dangerous gases to escape properly with open space.

2. Lighter Fluid is Not a Toy

Be cautious with lighter fluid and use it responsibly. Only use charcoal lighter fluid to light charcoal grills. Now is not the time to show off how high the flames can climb. A chimney starter is a great alternative to start the grill and doesn’t require any lighter fluid.

3. Clean After Every Use

Cleaning your grill helps reduce the buildup of grease and food on the grates. Left behind grease can cause flare-ups and potentially large fires. In case of emergency, always keep a fire extinguisher and/or a bucket of sand or water nearby.

4. Cook Meat Properly

To prevent foodborne illnesses, cook meats to the proper recommended internal temperature. Be careful not to cross contaminate raw meat with other foods. Keeping a temperature gauge handy to check the doneness of the meat can ensure it is grilled to perfection!

5. Know How to Turn Your Grill Off

Gas grills need to be shut off in two locations: the gas supply and the burner knobs. For charcoal grills, let the coals stop burning and cool down before attempting to handle them. Once cooled, wrap them in aluminum foil and dispose of used coals.

Remember, whether it’s for a party or dinner, these cooking safety rules also apply!