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Memorial Day Grill Safety

By on May 25, 2013

Whether you are planning on hosting a gathering this Memorial Day or attending one, being aware of basic safety can go a long way if a problem erupts. Everything has risks. Managing the risks and knowing how to reduce the risks will ensure a great event. Here are basic safety issues to be aware of before you grill your first hot dog.

Food Safety

Bacteria eat every kind of food you can think of and it grows at any temperature above freezing, staying alive until that temperature hits
around 165 degrees F. So, until you are ready to eat it or place it on the grill, keep your meat, veggies, etc. in the fridge. The second you are done serving it up, it goes back in the refrigerator. Most people don’t realize but we’re more likely to get food poisoning than to get the flu.


Location is everything  when it comes to placing your grill, deep fryer or smoker. Every year hundreds of people cause fires to their houses, garages and patios because they didn’t put their grill, fryer or smoker in the correct location. Before you deep fry something or grill those ribs, check your grill manual to note the minimum distances around your unit that must be kept clear.

Gas Safety

The number one cause of gas grill fires is an obstruction in the path of the fuel. This largely takes place, behind, underneath or inside your grill where you do not look. This means you need to regularly inspect your gas grill for problems. Gas grills produce a great deal of heat that can melt through hoses, knobs and other parts. Assume everything is third degree burn hot.


Bad enough that you are using flammable materials to do your cooking, but the food itself is creating more. Flare-ups are more than a nuisance, they are potentially lethal. Grease that collects in your grill builds up over time. It is critical for the heavy grillers to
inspect the bottom and sides of the grill as well as the insides before loading it up to assess for grease build-up.
These are just a few basic grilling tips to help you make your holiday cookout the safest and tastiest one yet! If you find you have more questions about safe handling and preparation of food, contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture at its food safety hotline: 1-800-535-4555. Please enjoy the holiday.

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