Safety Tips for the Grill

At Gygi we love grilling, but we also love you and want you to be safe. Our good friends at Weber have come up with a few safe grilling tips that I’m going to share with you today. So keep your home and family safe and follow these tips.

Grilling Safety Tips:

  1. Follow the instructions in your owner’s manual on safely lighting and operating your grill. We know, these manuals generally aren’t spellbinding, but they do have information you need to know.
  2. Keep your grill at least 10 feet from any combustible materials, including your house, garage, deck railing, etc…
  3. Never use a grill indoors (that includes your garage) or under a covered patio.
  4. Never add lighter fluid to a lit fire. Bad, bad idea.
  5. Never use a grill that wobbles, leans, or is in any way unstable. (This is good relationship advice, too).
  6. Do not store a propane tank in an enclosed space including your house, garage, or shed. Like many people, they need space to breathe.
  7. Keep sleeves and garments out of the line of fire–literally. Roll up your sleeves and ditch those Stevie Nicks-esque outfits.
  8. Keep a fire extinguisher close by in case of a mishap. Never pour water on a grease fire. Instead, cover a charcoal grill and close all vents; turn off gass grills at the source.
  9. Keep children and pets a safe distance away from a hot grill.
  10. When you’re finished using your charcoal grill, close the lid and all the vents.
  11. After using your gas grill, turn off the burners and then turn off the gas supply at the source.

Food Safety Tips:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before starting any meal preparation and after handling fresh meat, fish, or poultry.
  2. Thoroughly defrost foods in the refrigerator, not on the counter top.
  3. Use a clean spatula or tongs to remove food from the grill.
  4.  Never place cooked food on the platter used to carry the uncooked food to the grill.
  5. Place food removed from the grill on a clean platter.
  6. Always grill ground meats to at least 160 degrees F and 170 degrees F for poultry.

*All of this information has been taken from the Weber Grills website.

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