Planning an end of the Summer Cookout? Here are some Safety Tips!

Are you planning an end of the summer cookout? If so, Below are a few safety tips to keep in mind when having your next BBQ or cookout!

  • Gas grilling should be done outside the home at least 10 feet away from the house.
  • Check all connections for leaks by turning on the cylinder valve and spraying the connections with a solution made by mixing equal amounts of liquid dish soap and water. If bubbles appear, those connections need to be tightened or replaced
  • Keep the grill away from heavy foot traffic. It’s also highly recommended to keep children, pets and outdoor games like football away from the grill.
  • Always place lighters and matches away from the grill and children.
  • Wear fitted clothing. While you may be warm, you’re safest when wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and closed shoes.
  • Never leave a lit grill unattended.
  • Before you put anything on the grill, get the grill hot and scrub it of any residue with a clean wire-bristled brush.
  • Use long-handed tools to avoid leaning over the grill when flipping over burgers and other meats.
  • Create separate areas on the grill for raw meat and cooked foods to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Invest in an instant-read thermometer: Making sure meat and poultry are cooked to the proper temperatures is vital.

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