Grilling Safety Tips

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Many of us enjoy cooking outdoors on the grill when the weather gets a little warmer. Although grilling can be very tasty and healthy, it can also be dangerous or even deadly. It is important to know the risks and how to prevent them.

Some of the basic things we want to have with us are:

  • Source of clean water
  • Meat thermometer
  • Separate cooking utensils and plates
  • Baking soda for grease fires
  • Fire extinguisher or bucket of sand to put out other types of fires.

Other things to keep in mind:

  • Never leave the grill unattended.
  • Keep the grill at least ten feet away from your  house or any structure.
  • Keep the grill away from anything flammable, including any party decorations.
  • Make sure the grill is on a flat and stable surface so that it will not tip over.
  • Be careful of what clothing you are wearing. For example, long sleeves can easily catch fire.

According to the CDC, approximately 48 million per year get sick from foodborne illness. Thereofre, we have to be extra careful when grilling in order to avoid four of the major food safety hazards: biological, chemical, allergenic and physical.

There are many other things we must know or remember to do in order to enjoy and stay safe. For example, could the way we clean our grill cause a physical hazard? The CDC has created the “BBQ IQ”  handout to outline a few of the risks and safety tips to help you enjoy your next barbecue safely!