General Safety Tips
- Keep food at the proper temperature – cold foods cold before grilling and hot foods hot after grilling. Marinate food in the refrigerator, not on the counter. Cook food to a safe internal temperature to destroy harmful bacteria. Meats cooked on the grill often brown very fast on the outside, which can be misleading. Use a calibrated meat thermometer to be sure the food has reached a safe internal temperature.
- Don’t use the same dish and utensils for raw and cooked meat.
- Clean the grill to remove charred food debris left over from previous events. Remove grease or fat buildup in trays below the grill.
- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills must only be used outdoors. Position the grill a minimum of 10 feet from combustible construction (siding, deck railing, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches).
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
- Keep a fire extinguisher accessible.
- Use proper utensils that will allow you to be a safe distance from grill while cooking.
- Do NOT wear loose clothing while cooking.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- If there is any type of fire that threatens personal safety or endangers property, call the fire department (911).
- Soak wooden or bamboo skewers in water for 20 minutes to prevent them from burning.