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Fire Up the Grill! Here Are a few Grilling Safety Suggestions for National Grilling Month

Fire Up the Grill! Here Are a few Grilling Safety Suggestions for National Grilling Month

Let’s enjoy summer with these barbecue tips for National Grilling Month.

With beautiful summer weather, it’s the perfect time to barbecue. From Kicking Off Summer with our Memorial Day festivities to small gatherings with family and friends, let’s ensure that we’re ready for July’s National Grilling Month. Join us in celebrating all month long with these safe grilling tips.

  • Never leave the grill unattended. Keep a watchful eye to ensure the food cooks properly while keeping curious kids and pets away from the barbecue.
  • Keep flammable items away. It’s important to ensure that there are at least 10 feet of space between our homes and the grill and that any patio furniture or trees are also a safe distance away.
  • Practice food safety. Before cooking, wash up, preferably with anti-bacterial soap.  It’s essential to keep our hands clean and ensure that perishable food stays refrigerated until it’s time to cook it. Additionally, don’t let perishable food sit. Safely store food when it’s not imminently needed.
  • Another precaution that might not be as obvious, please don’t mix raw and cooked foods. Keep raw foods separate not only from the cooked foods but separate from one another. Once cooked, use a clean dish to place final dish. Otherwise, the bacteria from the raw food will contaminate the freshly cooked meal.
  • Keep hot food warm to at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit until ready to be placed in a cooler with ice or a refrigerator to prevent the growth of bacteria. For salads and cold foods, keep them chilled on ice, and separately.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show celebrating National Grilling Month. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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