Labor Day Grilling and Food Safety Tips

Grilling and Food Safety Tips

With school back in session, and the end of summer just a few days away, many families may be looking forward to wrapping up summer with one last hooray. If you’re planning on inviting your closest friends and family over for a barbecue, don’t let an accident put a damper on your fun, or increase your insurance coverage. The following grilling and food safety tips will ensure you’re able to end the summer off on a good note.

Grilling and Food Safety Tips

      • Always keep grills outside.
      • Make sure to place grills a reasonable distance away from exterior walls, trees, canopies – anything that could catch fire.
      • If using a gas grill, make sure to check that all hoses are tight and secure. If you smell gas, step away from the grills, and call 911.
      • Make sure to only use starter fluid when using a charcoal grill. Never add more starter fluid once the coals are ignited.
      • Place a fire extinguisher in close proximity to the grilling area.
      • Always supervise the grill. Keep children and pets away. Be prepared to close the lid and turn it off when necessary.
      • Use long-handled, metal, cooking utensils to avoid burning yourself.
      • Trim excess fat from meats to avoid a flare-up.
      • Always keep raw meat, poultry, and vegetables separate from one another.
      • Keep cold food cold and hot food hot. Stock your cooler with lots of ice.
      • Use a meat thermometer to ensure proper cooking temperatures. Beef, pork, lamb, fish, and veal should reach an internal temperature of 145°F; hamburgers and other ground beef should reach an internal temperature of 160°F; all poultry and pre-cooked meats {e.g. hot dogs, etc.} should reach an internal temperature of 165°F. {Source: CDC}
      • Wash your hands in hot, soapy water before preparing food, after touching raw meat, and after using the bathroom.
      • Confirm that your guests have a designated driver before they’re allowed to drink alcohol.

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