Woohoo! Summer is finally here and it is time to use the barbecue as much as we humanly can.
I don’t know about you but any chance I have to barbecue and be outside I grabbed it. The last thing I want to do is heat up the house with the oven. Plus summer only last so long so we have to grab any chance we get to be outside!
I thought it would be great to share some Grill Safety Tips to help prevent injury or food borne illness. The last thing we need is to miss out on summer fun because we are injured or stuck on the couch sick.
8 Grill Safety Tips to Prevent Injury or Food-Borne Illness
1. Always check the grill before cooking – especially if it’s the first use after the winter. Check grill hoses for cracks or holes prior to each use. Leaks can be very dangerous things! Replace any hoses that look even the slightest bit worn to avoid a disaster.
2. Place your grill at least 10 feet away from any building, structure, or other outdoor items. If the grill were to catch fire, it’s easier to contain when nothing is close by. Plus, you risk damage to your home or shed if you grill too closely.
3. Use grilling tools to place and remove food from the grate. These tools should have long handles with grips to keep you from touching their hot metal. Never place your hands over the grill for an extended amount of time. The heat raising from the cooking device can be enough to cause injury, even if you don’t touch the grill itself.
4. Only use grills outdoors. It can be tempting to pull the grill in the garage or under an enclosed carport when it’s raining. However, the grill needs adequate ventilation to prevent a fire. Even in the middle of an empty garage, cooking food on a grill is too hazardous to your safety.
5. Use a meat thermometer to ensure cooking temperatures are correct before eating grilled foods. You don’t want to run the becoming ill due to undercooked steaks or poultry. Chicken needs to be 160 degrees before eaten, while steaks should be 140 degrees.
6. Practice food safety when grilling so no one gets sick. Use a clean plate to remove the food. Wash your grill tongs and other utensils between putting fresh meat on the grill and removing it when done.
7. Never leave your grill unattended. Set up everything you need on a table nearby so you aren’t having to walk away. If something is forgotten, ask a family member or friend to retrieve it from the house. If you must leave, have someone step in to man the grill until you return.
8. Promptly store leftover grilled meat in the refrigerator. It is easier to leave it on the grill or on a plate nearby while you chat with your family. However, if it’s not put in the fridge within an hour or two, it is no longer safe to eat. If put in on time, the grilled food will last 3-4 days in the cool fridge.