A Few Grill and Food Safety Guidelines for Your July 4th Celebration

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 3-Jul-2017

As the Fourth of July approaches, Americans across the country prepare to celebrate the holiday by gathering family and friends together for barbecues. While barbecue season peaks in the summer; food and grill related safety becomes increasingly important. To make certain that your Fourth of July remains accident-free, remember to practice caution and care when operating a grill. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) provides the following safety tips to help make your celebration as safe and enjoyable as possible:

  • “Propane and charcoal grills should be used outdoors.
  • Before you use a grill, check the gas tank for potential gas leaks.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.”

In the case of a burn injury, run cool water over the burn for 10-15 minutes. If the burn is severe, call 9-1-1 for immediate attention.

Another potential risk during barbecues is food poisoning. Food poisoning can occur after the consumption of undercooked meat or the improper storage of food. In order to greatly decrease the risk of contracting foodborne illnesses, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides the following tips.

  • "Clean: Make sure you clean all surfaces, utensils, and hands with soap and water before and after cooking.
  • Separate: When grilling, use separate plates and utensils for raw meat and cooked meat to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Cook: Cook foods to the right temperature by using a food thermometer to ensure that meat is fully cooked. The minimum internal temperature for safe consumption is: 165°F for poultry, 160°F for hamburgers, and 145°F for beef and pork.
  • Chill: Chill raw and prepared foods promptly if not consuming after cooking. Do not leave food at room temperature for longer than two hours."

We wish all of our readers a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday!

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