Barbecue safety tips

Posted by on Jul 03, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Barbecue is a method and apparatus for cooking meat and various other foods, with the heat and hot smoke of a fire, smoking wood, or hot coals of charcoal, cooking gas, or even electricity; and may include application of a marinade, spice rub, or basting sauce to the meat or vegetables. For successful Barbecue, people should know about its risks and how to reduce them. People require to know a few things to make sure nothing goes wrong and how to get the most out of your cooking, when cooking outdoors, whether hot and fast grilling, or low and slow barbecue.

If people are not careful, they can cause some serious problems with explosive fuels with food, hot metals, etc. people should remember that there is more to outdoor cooking safety than just the fire. People fall ill or hospitalize because of contamination with bacteria such as Salmonella, Campylobacter, Shigella, and E. coli – though other organisms such as viruses and protozoa can also be culprits. They should know and remember basic tips about food safety.

Barbecue safety tips:

  • In the universe, fire is the most harmful force and for a little cookout, you are inviting it into your backyard. A fire extinguisher is one thing that you need first. then you require to know your fire and how to control it. Thousands of fires, hundreds of injuries, dozens of deaths and millions of dollars in damage are caused by grills and smokers every year. You require to know how to cut fuel supplies, extinguish fires and call the fire department. Always a fire marshal should keep with you in charge of the fire at all times. You should also know something about treating burns.
  • Take away any old ash from the barbecue and utilize a clean grate. The grate can be heated over the barbecue and brushed with a wire brush to take away any burnt-on residue. Before cooking any food, it can be useful to lightly oil the grate.
  • In plenty of time, light the coals. It is best to wait for the coals to turn grey before starting to cook, which takes about 30 minutes
  • If you are cooking a large amount of food, you will require a good depth of coals in your barbecue to keep the heat going for long enough.
  • You should take care when cooking over the barbecue. Utilize long-handled implements to turn food. A set of oven gloves may be useful.
  • Ensure clean plates are available for the cooked food. Do not put cooked food onto a plate that’s been used to carry out raw food (unless the plate is washed first!).
  • Hold your hand about 7cm away from the coals to check the temperature. You should be able to hold your hand over the coals for 4-5 seconds. This is medium hot, which is usually a good temperature for barbecuing. It is unwise to cook over very hot coals, as food will burn on the outside and stay raw in the middle.
  • Some foods, (such as sausages) may drip fat onto the coals and cause flaming. A spray bottle of water is useful to have on hand so you can spritz any flames that get too fierce.
  • It is best not to cook foods that are very thick or large. Chicken breast is best halved horizontally into escalopes and drumsticks and thighs can be part cooked in the oven before finishing off on the barbecue.
  • Try not to use a marinade with lots of sugar, honey or syrup, as the sugar will tend to burn quickly in the heat of a barbecue. Wipe off the marinade if necessary and boil down to use as a glaze as the end of cooking time.

Before Barbecuing:

  • Check your grill thoroughly for leaks, cracking or brittleness before using it.
  • Clean out the tubes that lead into the burner.
  • Ensure the grill is at least 10 feet away from your house, garage, or trees.
  • Store and use your grill on a large flat surface that cannot burn (i.e.- concrete or asphalt).
  • Do not use grills in a garage, porch, deck or on top of anything that can catch on fire.
  • Have a fire extinguisher, a garden hose attached to a water supply, or at least 16-quarts of water close by in case of a fire.
  • Keep children away from fires and grills. It is a good idea to establish a safety zone around the grill and instruct children to remain outside the zone. A chalk line works great for this purpose.

During Barbecuing:

  • Do not wear loose clothing that might catch fire.
  • Utilize long handled barbecue tools and/or flame resistant mitts.
  • Never use any flammable liquid other than a barbecue starter fluid to start or freshen a fire.
  • Never pour or squirt starter fluid onto an open flame. The flame can easily flashback along the fluid’s Never leave the grill unattended.
  • path to the container in your hands.
  • Keep alcoholic beverages away from the grill, they are flammable!

After Barbecuing:

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s cleaning and storing instructions that accompany the grill.
  • Keep your grill clean and free of grease buildup that may lead to a fire.
  • Never store liquid or pressurized fuels inside your home and/or near any possible sources of flame.

In Case Of A Barbecue Fire:

  • For Propane Grills – turn off the burners. For Charcoal Grills – close the grill lid. Disconnect the power to Electric Grills.
  • For Propane Grills – if you can safely reach the tank valve, shut it off.
  • If the fire involves the tank, leave it alone, evacuate the area and call the fire department (911).
  • If there is any type of fire that either threatens your personal safety or endangers property, always dial 911.
  • Never attempt to extinguish a grease fire with water. It will only cause the flames to flare up. Use an approved portable fire extinguisher.

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