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Staying Safe During Memorial Day Weekend

Staying Safe During Memorial Day Weekend

by Home Fire Stove & Grill City Staff on May 21, 2018
Memorial Day weekend is seen as an unofficial kickoff to summer, but there are a lot of hidden dangers to look out for. You’ll want to be sure you are practicing proper grilling safety, food safety, water safety, and more. Whether you’re staying at home for a nice BBQ or going out to a lake, there are a number of ways to stay safe during Memorial Day weekend.

Grill Safety
Millions of Americans grill each Memorial Day, but not all of them practice proper grill safety. Be sure to thoroughly clean your grill of any grease and dust. You’ll want to check that the tubes that lead into the burner aren’t blocked. Keep any matches, cigarettes, or open flames away from your grill and be sure not to operate it inside a garage or carport or near a surface that could catch fire. When you are finished grilling, make sure the coals are completely out and the propane has been turned off.

Food Safety
When enjoying a meal outdoors you want to make sure that all perishable food is refrigerated within two hours, and one hour if the outside temperature is above 90 degrees. Cook beef to at least 145 degrees, hamburgers to 160 degrees, and fresh poultry to 165 degrees. Avoid cross-contamination by keeping uncooked meat away from other types of food.

Fire Safety
As the first major outdoor holiday of the year, many people will be starting up their firepits. When starting your first fire after the winter, make sure to clear away debris from the winter, and keep an extinguisher ready just in case of flare-ups. If you have an above-ground firepit or built-in fireplace, make sure to maintenance (or call us to get it maintained) before it’s used for the first time. 

Home Fire Stove carries the most popular styles and brands of grills and outdoor kitchens. Visit us in Salem today or give us a call at 503-364-6339 to learn more.

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