Three Essential Tips for Safe Grilling This Summer

Three Essential Tips for Safe Grilling This Summer – Oh summer, how we love you! It’s officially time for swimsuits, sunscreen, and family BBQs. Brush up on your grilling safety, courtesy of the Tuscarawas County Health Department, right here on Newsymom!

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As summer sets in and the scent of sizzling barbecue fills the air, it’s time to fire up the grill and enjoy delicious outdoor cooking. Grilling is a favorite pastime for Ohioans, but it’s important to prioritize safety to ensure a fun and healthy summer. Let’s talk about three essential tips on how to grill food safely this summer, helping you protect your loved ones and create unforgettable summer cookout experiences.

#1 Clean and Prepare Your Grill

Before you start grilling, it’s crucial to clean and prepare your grill properly. Regular maintenance not only enhances the lifespan of your grill but also eliminates potential health hazards. Begin by scraping off any residual food particles from the grates using a scraper. Wipe the exterior surfaces of the grill with warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Ensure that the gas or charcoal connections are secure and inspect for any signs of damage. By maintaining a clean and functional grill, you reduce the risk of contamination and ensure a safer grilling experience.

Grill brushes like these have been leaving behind wires on the grates, allowing transfer into the foods we eat, and sending us to the hospital with wires in our mouths and throats! Nix the wire brush. Opt for something like the BBQ Daddy, instead! Or, heat up your grill really hot and scrub it with half a lemon.

#2 Practice Safe Food Handling

Proper food handling is a fundamental aspect of grilling safety. Follow these guidelines to minimize the risk of foodborne illnesses:

a) Thawing: Thaw frozen meat in the refrigerator or use the defrost function on your microwave. Never thaw meat at room temperature, as this can promote bacterial growth.

b) Marinating: If marinating meat, do so in the refrigerator, not on the countertop. Discard any leftover marinade that has come into contact with raw meat to prevent cross-contamination.

c) Separation: Keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood separate from other foods to avoid the spread of bacteria. Use separate cutting boards, utensils, and plates for raw and cooked foods.

d) Cooking: Ensure that meat is cooked thoroughly to eliminate harmful bacteria. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature. For instance, poultry should reach 165°F (74°C), while ground meats should reach 160°F (71°C).

#3 Practice Fire Safety

Grilling safety extends beyond food handling to fire safety. Here are some important fire safety tips to keep in mind:

a) Location: Set up your grill in an open area away from structures, overhanging branches, or anything flammable. Maintain a safe distance from children and pets to prevent accidents.

b) Supervision: Never leave the grill unattended while in use. Fires can spread quickly, and unattended grills pose a significant risk.

c) Extinguishing: When you finish grilling, turn off the burners or extinguish the charcoal properly. Close the propane valve and let the grill cool down completely before covering it. Dispose of the ash in a metal container designated for this purpose.

Grilling Is the Best… When Done Safely!

Grilling is a cherished summer activity in Tuscarawas County, and by following these three essential tips for safe grilling, you can protect your loved ones and enjoy delicious meals all season long. Remember to clean and prepare your grill, practice safe food handling, and prioritize fire safety. Additionally, for a proactive approach to your family’s well-being, don’t forget to reach out to the Tuscarawas County Health Department. Stay safe, stay healthy, and have a fantastic summer of grilling!

For more information about your family’s overall health, reach out to the Tuscarawas County Health Department. They can provide valuable resources, guidance, and assistance to ensure the well-being of you and your loved ones. You can reach them at (330) 343-5555 x. 1000 for more information on their service offerings.

Melissa Klatt


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