Tips for safe grilling on Fourth of July
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A lot of families will celebrate the holiday with a barbecue. But, there are a number of safety issues to keep in mind when you light up the grill.
Every year, there are grilling accidents that lead to fires and injuries. So, before you do anything today, check your equipment.
If you are using a gas grill, look over the propane tank and tubing to make sure there are no cracks or tears. Also, make sure that the grill is in a safe area -- not too close to your home or patio in case there is a problem.
And, if you are using a charcoal grill, make sure there is ventilation so that you are not breathing in too many fumes.
Also make sure that you clean the grill and all surfaces before cooking. But, be careful of metal grill brushes. The Centers for Disease Control says there have been cases where people were injured after ingesting bristles that were stuck in their food.
In addition, make sure you food is chilled before it is cooked. Then, make sure you are cooking meats to the right temperature. According to the Food and Drug Administration, only 23 percent of the people who own a food thermometer actually use it when cooking burgers.
Burgers should be cooked to 160 degrees. The easiest way to make sure that you reach that temperature is by using a thermometer.