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Fire Up the Grill: 10 safety tips for your next BBQ


  1. Keep young children and animals at least 10 feet away from the grill.
  2. Grill with the lid on to keep the fire contained – it also helps the meat cook faster and retain that smoky flavor grilling gives.
  3. Use long tongs. They let you handle the meat without having to put your hands near the heat, risking burns.
  4. When you’re done grilling, close the vents on the lid and base of the grill to put the fire out.
  5. Make sure your coals are completely cool before disposing of them.
  6. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency. You likely won’t need it, but if you do, you’ll be happy to have it!
  7. The easiest way to put out a flare up is to close the lid.
  8. Always use different tongs to handle raw food and cooked food to prevent cross-contamination.
  9. Keep your grill clean. Greasy buildup can be a fire hazard.
  10. Wear sunscreen and drink lots of water to avoid sunburn and dehydration while cooking out doors.

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