Summer barbecue safety

Summer barbecue safety

Summer brings barbecue season -- but also an increase in food poisoning and the risk of fire hazards. Here are some tips on staying safe during the grilling season.

The barbecue:

  • Before use, check barbecues for any cracks in hoses, leaks, rusting or loose connections.
  • Clear burners and openings of any debris or rust.
  • Use in a well-ventilated area, away from other flammables.
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  • Open lid on a propane gas barbecue before lighting to prevent gas buildup.
  • Keep children and pets away.
  • Never leave a lit barbecue unattended.
  • Use tongs with long handles to avoid burns.

Food safety:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling any food.
  • Clean and sanitize plates, utensils and work surfaces before and after use.
  • Raw food can transfer bacteria to cooked food on contact. Place raw and cooked food in separate containers.
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  • Use separate cutting and serving utensils for raw and cooked food.
  • Ensure meat is properly cooked. Undercooked meat may contain bacteria that could cause food poisoning.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check that all meats reach a safe internal temperature.
  • For ground beef burger, cook to a safe internal temperature of 71 C.
  • For chicken pieces, cook to at least 74 C.
  • Got leftovers? Cool food using shallow containers then refrigerate.

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