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Good Grilling Starts With Safety...

barbecueBackyard cooking is a great way to entertain or just create a family meal.

Barbecued food can be fun to prepare and just as much fun to eat. Cooking outdoors was once a hot weather activity, but now grills are fired up for outdoor cooking all year round.

Whether you're grilling in a snowstorm or enjoying the summer sun, it's important to follow grilled food safety guidelines to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and causing food borne illness.

While everyone is having a great time, don't forget that you really are playing with fire.

According to grilling safety tips from the Hearth, Barbecue and Grilling Association, major blunders at the summer grill are commonly avoidable with a little common sense. To avoid becoming a barbecue accident statistic they strongly recommend that you read the owner's manual first before you grill. Other helpful tips include always using long-handled utensils to keep hands and fingers away from the heat. Also make sure the grill is on a level area to avoid it tipping over.

And, of course, always keep party guests and especially kids far enough away from the open fire to avoid ruining the festive atmosphere with a quick trip to the hospital emergency room!

Keep the party going by doing a quick check of more safety tips before you fire up the backyard grill.

Do:

  • Spray a 50/50 mixture of water and liquid soap on the connection when you hook up a new propane cylinder to your gas grill. Look for bubbles. If you see them, tighten the connections.

  • Keep foods refrigerated until you are ready to cook. Leaving edibles in the hot sun can ruin the party.

  • Keep the lid open when lighting your grill.

  • Brush the grill with canola oil to prevent food from sticking.

  • Turn off the controls and close the cylinder valve when you finish grilling.

Don't:

  • Use matches or lighters to check for leaks.

  • Use gasoline, or any other flammable liquid not designed for the job, to start charcoal grills

  • Use, store or transport cylinders near sources of high temperature.

  • Store spare cylinders near the grill.


Source...www.newscanada


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Barbecue Food Safety Basics

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