Now that summer is upon us, many people are firing up the grill and inviting friends and family over for BBQs. Food cooked on a grill can be both delicious and healthy. To prevent injury or illness to yourself and your guests, it is important to use the grill safely and to handle all food properly.
14 Tips for Safely Operating Your Grill
How can you avoid a grill-related injury this summer? The following are important safety tips to follow:
- Read the owner’s manual for your grill and carefully follow all instructions.
- Only use your grill outdoors.
- Always use your grill in a well-ventilated area.
- Keep your grill stable by making sure that all parts are placed firmly on the ground.
- Follow all of your local electrical codes if your grill is used with any electrically operated accessories.
- Stay clear of a hot grill and never attempt to move it until it has cooled down.
- Never leave a grill unattended once it has been lit.
- Always use long-handled utensils, such as forks and tongs, when operating your grill. This will help avoid burns caused by any spatters.
- Never wear clothing that has shirttails, frills, or apron strings when operating your grill.
- When adjusting the hot vents on your grill, use mitts that are flame-retardant.
- If a fire occurs, raise the grid that the food is on, spread the coals out more evenly, or adjust the controls to lower the temperature. Water should be used as a last resort.
- Keep baking soda, a bucket of sand, a garden hose, or a fire extinguisher on hand to help extinguish flames if necessary.
- Use a heat-resistant pad underneath the grill to protect the deck or patio from falling grease.
Avoid Food Poisoning With 6 Simple Tips
Injuries caused by the grill are not the only risks associated with summertime BBQs. Avoid a food-borne illness by handling food safely. Follow the tips below to reduce the risks:
- Wash hands well and often.
- Separate raw food from food that has been cooked.
- When food is marinating, keep it in the refrigerator rather than on the counter.
- Cook food thoroughly before serving or eating.
- Refrigerate and freeze food right away rather than leaving it out.
- If food is hot, it should be kept hot. If food is cold, it should be kept cold.
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