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Summer grill safety

Summer Grill Safety | UPMC Health Plan 

When the weather starts to warm up and the days stay lighter, I always look forward to firing up the grill and having that first cookout.  There is just something about cooking food on a grill that makes it taste so much better. Grilling is also so much more than just hot dogs and hamburgers as there are many fun things to try like chicken kabobs, asparagus, or even throwing a slice of watermelon on the grill. But there are many grill safety precautions to take when grilling, whether you are cooking with propane or charcoal. 

  • Always make sure to have a fire extinguisher or an abundant water source (such as a garden hose) nearby for emergency situations.
  • Choose a location for your grill that is well-ventilated, away from anything flammable, and out of the way of high traffic areas.
  • Before lighting the grill for the first time, make sure to read through the manual to make sure you are aware of any safety procedures.
  • Be sure to clean the surface thoroughly to help prevent any contamination before putting any food on the grill. 
  • When cooking with any raw meat, you have to clean any plate or utensils that came in contact with the raw meat before placing any cooked meat on the same surface.
  • If you are using a grill for tailgating, you’ll want to check with local laws about the use of propane or charcoal, avoid consuming alcohol while operating the grill, and take extra precautions while using the grill around crowds of people.

By following these grill safety precautions, you can have the best grilling season yet.  And be sure to share your favorite grilling foods with us!