Barbeque Safely this summer!
The smell of a barbeque floats through the air, ah summer time! After a day at work grilling something for the evening meal sure is delicious but can be a potential hazard if not done right. Have a safe summer grilling season with these helpful tips.
Barbeque and Propane Grill Safety Tips
• Never store a propane cylinder or tank under or near your barbeque, in your home, cottage, garage or vehicle. Store the tank upright and outdoors in the shade and away from any combustible materials.
• Keep kids and pets away from the barbeque, even after you've shut everything off. Most barbeques remain hot long after being turned off.
• When shutting down your barbeque, shut off the propane tank or natural gas main shut off valve and then shut off the burner control valves. This sequence prevents residual gas from being left in the system under pressure.
• Keep your barbeque clean and free of greasy buildup--this will enable your barbeque to work most efficiently and can prevent greasy deposits from catching fire, a situation you want to avoid.
KEEP IT SANITARY - Do not allow raw meat and fish to come into contact with other foods. Use separate cutting boards, or thoroughly sanitize the one you are using. Wash with hot soapy water, spray with a 5% solution of chlorine bleach, and air dry. Plastic cutting boards can also be sanitized in the dishwasher.
MARINADES AND ALUMINUM DON'T MIX - When using an acid-based marinade, be sure to use only containers made of glass, ceramic or stainless steel or use food-safe plastic zip-lock bags. Do NOT use an aluminum container - It creates a chemical reaction that can darken the food and the aluminum container.
KEEP 'EM SEPARATED - Use two separate sets of plates and utensils, one set for handling the raw meat and one to use once the meat is cooked and ready to be served.
WASH UP - When handling and preparing fresh meat or other foods, always wash hands and the preparation surface areas regularly. This is particularly important for fish, pork and chicken.
PROTECT YOUR COOKWARE - To save time in the clean-up process, wrap any cookware going on the cooking grid with aluminum foil.
USE ANOTHER PLATE SO YOU DON'T CONTAMINATE - Always take a clean platter out to the barbeque with you. Do not put cooked foods back on the plate that the raw meat was on as it may contain bacteria and may contaminate your cooked meat
SPRING TUNE UP - To keep your barbeque looking and cooking like new, take the time to clean and tune it up before the start of each season.
KEEP A LID ON IT - When the barbeque is not in use, keep the hood or lid closed to prevent any rain or water from getting into the barbeque. Consider using a Grill Gear barbeque cover to protect your investment.
INSECTS NOT ALLOWED - Clean your venturi tubes at a minimum of once per year. Insect nests are the number one cause of gas barbeque fires.
KEEP PETS AND KIDS SAFE - Keep kids and pets away from the barbeque when you're cooking AND after you've shut everything off. Most barbeques remain hot long after being turned off.
DO A LITTLE LIGHT READING - It is very important that you read the Use & Care manual that comes with your barbeque. You will find many helpful hints about everything from how-to-use the barbeque to what sort of regular maintenance is required to keep it working optimally.
How do you clean the grill? Stop using those metal brissel scrubers as they can break off with sharp barbs landing in your food. Wiping the grill when it cools but is still warm will get rid of most of the messy debris. Enjoy your summer of barbecue goodness!
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