Grilling safety tips for a Safe Labor Day Weekend
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, many Americans are gearing up for outdoor cookouts and gatherings. But before you fire up the grill, it’s important to ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe while enjoying the holiday festivities. Lt. Neil Durante from Cheyenne Fire Rescue shares valuable insights on grilling safety to help you have a memorable and accident-free celebration.
As families across the nation prepare to celebrate Labor Day with outdoor gatherings and delicious barbecues, it’s essential to prioritize safety while grilling. Lt. Durante emphasizes, “We want to make sure that everybody’s pretty safe during that time frame and taking safety precautions necessary to maintain everyone being safe at that time.”
Here are some key safety measures to keep in mind while grilling:
1. Proper Grill Placement:
- Lt. Durante advises, “When we’re grilling, we want to try to make sure and pull our grill away from the house so that if we do have a fire, it doesn’t involve the structure.” Ensure your grill is placed in an open, well-ventilated area, away from flammable materials.
2. Gas and Charcoal Grill Safety:
- For gas grills, Lt. Durante recommends checking for leaks in the lines using a soapy water solution while the gas is running. Look for bubbles as a sign of potential leaks.
- When using charcoal grills, use the minimal amount of lighter fluid to prevent flare-ups and potential safety issues.
3. Food Preparation and Safety:
- Lt. Durante stresses the importance of food safety, saying, “As far as food safety goes, you want to make sure and keep your food in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it, and then when you do cook it, make sure that it cooks to an internal temperature of around 160 degrees Fahrenheit.”
4. Dealing with Grill Fires:
- In case of a grill fire, Lt. Durante advises, “The best thing to do is just shut your gas off and shut the grill. The top of the grill, it’s always handy to have a little kitchen fire extinguisher nearby, and that’ll help clean up any issues as well.”
As you fire up your grill this Labor Day weekend, remember to prioritize safety by following these essential guidelines. By taking these precautions and being vigilant, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday celebration with your family and friends.
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