Grilling Safety Tips

Many people will be firing up their grills this weekend and throughout the summer. With grilling season set to be in full force, take time to review a few safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to protect yourself and your guests from a fire or burn injuries:

  •  Only use your grill outside
  •  Keep it away from siding and deck rails
  •  Keep a 3-foot safe zone around your grill to keep kids and pets safe
  •  Clean your grill after each use to remove grease, which can start a fire
  •  Place the coals from your grill in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled
  •  Open your gas grill before lighting

Please note while grilling, that bacteria eats every kind of food you can think of, even brussel sprouts. It grows at any temperature above freezing and stays alive until that temperature hits around 165 degrees F. Every second you give it between these two temperatures it is multiplying and causing disease in your food. So, until it goes into your mouth or on the grill, it needs to be kept cool. The second you are done serving it up, it goes back in the refrigerator.  Remember you are more likely to get food poisoning than you are to get the flu.

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