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Grilling Safety

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.
  • Dont 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.