Safe Family: Outdoor cooking

By: Nicole Holt Email
By: Nicole Holt Email

It's that time again when families like to head outdoors for a cookout, but both the cooking and the food can be dangerous.

We all know it takes forever when you use a charcoal grill, but taking shortcuts might put your safety at a greater risk.

Never use gasoline to start a fire.

Lighting the Coals
-NO GASOLINE
-NO LIGHTER FLUID AFTER COALS ARE LIT
-ELECTRIC STARTER
-HOSE OR FIRE EXTINGUISHER

Instead of using lighter fluid, try an electrical starter, but make sure it's UL approved for safety.

Always keep a garden hose and portable fire extinguisher handy just in case things get out of control..

Once you’re done cooking, soak the coals with water. Otherwise they might re-ignite and again cause problems.

Lastly, have fun and enjoy your meal, but be careful with leftovers. The warm air outdoors is perfect for bacteria.

Leftovers
-THROW OUT ANYTHING LEFT OUTSIDE MORE THAN AN HOUR
-KEEP LEFTOVERS CHILLED
-IF IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT

If anything is left outside for more than an hour, throw it out. Keep the leftovers cool until you get home. But remember, when in doubt, throw it away.


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