5/25/2012 - Ensure the Memorial Day meal is a safe one
Nothing says Memorial Day quite like a barbecue, as good food and family can make for an ideal way to finish a relaxing, picture-perfect holiday.
"Outdoor cooking continues to increase in popularity year after year, and it is safe to say cookouts are now a mainstay rather than a trend, especially true as we move into the warmer months," said Leslie Wheeler, communications director for the Hearth Patio and Barbecue Association.
To avoid the risk of a grill fire and the potential for filing a homeowners insurance
claim, the U.S Fire Administration says safety should be a top priority. This means that grilling should always be done in the outdoors and at a safe distance from standing structures, such as siding, deck railings or trees with overhanging branches.
In the course of cooking, the fat and juices from the meat can accumulate on the trays below the hot grill. USFA recommends removing grease and fat buildup periodically to prevent the risk of it being ignited by the hot coals.
If using a charcoal grill, the safety agency indicates starter fluid should never be added to a grill after it has been ignited. Adding this type of combustible liquid can spark a significant blaze.
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