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Safety Tips on Grilling
Posted on Jun 11th, 2014

     The smell of barbecue and grilling is one of many things about summer that everyone loves. As you begin to prepare for the grilling season residents are encouraged to purchase a fire extinguisher and check their gas grill for potential leaks. The best way to  check for a leak is to make a solution of  half liquid dish soap and half water then rub it on the hoses and connections. If bubbling appears you may have a leak in your line and the grill should not be used until the problem is fixed.

     Once you are in the clear for no gas leaks, you can let your summer grilling begin! Prior to barbecuing, your grill should be scrubbed with hot, soapy water before each use. Sometimes the cook forgets this important step during food preparation. Since bacteria can easily transfer from the body to food and surfaces, you should wash your hands before, during, and after food preparation. This step is extremely important especially after handling raw meat. New grilling utensils should also be used once raw meat is put on the grill, this will also help eliminate the transfer of raw meat to cooked products.

     As you begin to finish grilling you want to make sure the following common grilling items reach an inner temperature of: steak (145°F ), hamburgers (160°F), and/or chicken (165°F). These items are safe to consume once they have reached the inner temperature listed. Please remember to be safe while grilling this summer with your family, friends, and neighbors!