Enjoy grilling this summer by following right steps


The grilling season upon us. Next time you fire it up, consider the following guidance to avoid making your summer-grilling experience memorable for all the wrong reasons:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to maximize the safe operation of its product.
  • Thoroughly inspect all grill components to ensure their operability.
  • Propane and charcoal barbecue grills must only be used outdoors. If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces such as tents, they pose both a fire hazard and the risk of exposing occupants to toxic gases and potential asphyxiation.
  • Position the grill well away from siding, deck railings, and eaves or overhanging branches.
  • Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area: Declare a 5-foot or larger “safe zone” around the grill.
  • Put out several long-handled grilling tools to give the chef plenty of clearance from heat and flames when flipping burgers.
  • Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.
  • Although most modern grills employ a “hands-off” method of cooking, you still need to monitor for potential problems. Never leave the grill unattended.
  • Purchase the proper starter fluid and store the can out of children’s reach and away from heat sources.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals or kindling have already been ignited, and never use any other flammable or combustible liquid to get the fire going.
  • Always ensure coals are completely cool before dumping. If you’re home, wait until the next day.

The right way to check food temps

· With meat on the grill, insert thermometer halfway into thickest part.

· Be sure it doesn’t go through the other side or hit a bone or grill grate.

· Refer to thermometer diagram to correct internal temperature.

Use these tips and enjoy a safe summer. For more information about safe grilling, contact the 88th Air Base Wing’s Safety Office at 937-904-0888.

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