What are some grilling safety tips?

Always keep safety in mind when grilling. Before firing up your gas grill, make sure the lid is open. Gas tends to build up under the hood and can cause an explosion.

Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

Keep moist disposable towelettes near the grill as a reminder to the grillmaster to clean his/her hands before touching the food. Wash the platter and utensils that touched the raw meat before using them again on the cooked meat. Use a separate marinade if you plan on coating the meat again during grilling.

Don’t rely on 20:20 vision. The only way to tell if the meat is done is to use a thermometer. Also, don’t let leftovers loaf around. The rule of thumb is that food should not be left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours or 1 hour if it is 90 degrees Fahrenheit or above outside. Wrap up leftovers immediately and give them the big chill in the refrigerator or freezer for another meal.

Dr. Joy Dubost, PhD
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

Any time is the perfect time for breaking out the grill for a cook-out, but first, take some precautions. In this video, Dr. Joy Dubost provides her tips for grilling safely.

If you are planning to barbecue:

  • If you're using a propane gas grill, inspect your propane tank and hoses for leaks, dents, cracks or corrosion.
  • Always light the match before turning on the propane gas.
  • Never use your grill indoors or under any structures that may catch fire, such as patio covers.
  • Never smoke cigarettes or use matches or lighters near the grill.
  • If you're using a charcoal grill, use water to make sure that coals are extinguished and be careful never to dispose of briquettes that are still hot.
  • Avoid loose clothing while grilling, especially long sleeves.
  • Parental supervision is essential—keep all children away from the grill.

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