American Red Cross tips for safe grilling
KETK/KMSS — Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner and for many, plans will include pulling out the grill and making delicious treats for their guests. The American Red Cross has steps people can follow to use their grill safely.
“Warmer weather often means it’s time to gather friends and family outdoors for barbecue or burgers,” said Reid Brau, Red Cross Executive Director. “More important than what will be served at the party is making sure to take basic safety steps for proper outdoor cooking to prevent an injury, illness or fire from occurring.”
Whenever someone works with an open flame, there is a chance of fire. Using a grill is no different and can result in injury or fire due to careless cooking practices. The Red Cross offers these tips to stay safe while cooking those tasty treats for your cookout:
• Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area
• Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use, and make sure everyone, including pets, stay away from the grill
• Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire. Hot grease or ashes could spill from the grill onto the wooden deck or into dry leaves or grass
• Keep the chef safe by using long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill
• Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited
• Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using a grill
• Be ready to close the lid and turn off the grill to cut off the fuel if necessary
• Keep a fireproof pan under the grill to catch any falling ash or grease
• Trim excess fat from meat to avoid flare-ups
• Hand washing is paramount. Wash your hands in hot soapy water before preparing food, after each time you touch raw meat, and after any interruptions such as using the bathroom, handling pets, or stopping to do something with children
DOWNLOAD FIRST AID APP Another thing people can do is download the free Red Cross First Aid App which puts expert advice for everyday emergencies at someone’s fingertips. The free app is available for direct download from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store for Android and more details can be found at http://www.redcross.org/mobileapps.
The Red Cross has more information available to teach everyone how to be prepared for all kinds of emergencies in the preparedness section of www.redcross.org.