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Tips for a Safer Grilling Season

Posted on June 23 2014

As the 4th of July holiday is approaching and more and more summer barbeque get-togethers are occurring, now is a great time to freshen up on some barbeque safety tips. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, July is the peak month for grill fires with “roughly half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns.” Grilling can be a lot of fun, and its one of the most popular ways to prepare foods! Enjoy a safe and happy grilling season with reduced fire hazards by ensuring that the grill isn’t placed too close other objects (such as siding, deck rails, trees, etc.) and by following these safety tips:

 

Grilling Safety Tips:

-Always use clean surfaces to prepare foods and meats

-Use due diligence to ensure that all surfaces and utensils are cleaned and disinfected after preparing raw meats

-Verify that the tank is hooked up properly

-Never use grills indoors, whether they are propane or charcoal fueled

-Always clean the grill grates before putting fresh foods down on the grill

-Use long tongs and fireproof grill/oven mitts to help prevent burns

-Reduce flame flare-up in the grill by pr-trimming the extra fat off your meats before putting them on the grill

-Prevent charring by marinating meats for at least 30 minutes and using the “low and slow” grilling approach (cooking at lower temps for a longer duration of time)

-Cook meats at a minimum internal temperature of at least 145° F

-Never leave the grill unattended

-Don’t allow children and pets to play near the grill

-Always double-check that the tank gets turned off

 

Even the most cautious grill masters can end up with burns from time to time, which is why it’s always a good idea to have an Emergency Burn Treatment Kit or other burn-care supplies on-hand during grilling and bon-fire season. Mountainside Medical Equipment has conveniently compiled a comprehensive selection of burn-care supplies.

 

Happy Grilling!

 

Sources:

http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Safety%20information/Safety%20tip%20sheets/grilling_safety_tips.pdf

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/videos/news/Grilling_062014-1.html

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