Believe it or not, Memorial Day weekend is here. I want to start off with a reminder that Memorial Day is more than just the ceremonial start to summer and outdoor cooking. We must remember that this day was originally created,and became an official federal holiday in 1971, to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. So with that I say Thank You to those that have served.
While some of this may seem like common sense here are a few things to consider before grilling this weekend, or whenever you use a grill.
Now that we have remembered the purpose of the day, we can look at some grilling safety tips.
- Do you use one of those grill rushed with the wire bristles? Make sure – Before you light the grill, to wipe with a damp cloth to remove any potential bristles that were left behind.
- Have you ever sprayed on non-stick cooking spray after the grill is already lit? If you have I’m sure you quickly realized that there is a blowtorch like effect. Please do not let curiosity get you with this one. Those non-stick cooking sprays should be sprayed on before lighting. Also – If you are spraying on sunscreen or bug spray while outdoors, make sure you’re standing at least 10 feet away from the grill.
- Remember to keep the grill a safe distance from the house and other flammable items – 10 feet is the general rule of thumb
Here is a link to some important tips from the National Fire Protections Association to keep in mind when using a propane or charcoal grill: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/outdoors/grilling/grilling-safety-tips
Thanks for reading and please share this information with your friends and family.
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