With the summer barbecue season in high gear, Parkland Ambulance Paramedics are offering a number of safety reminders to outdoor chefs in the area.
- Be sure your barbecue is in good working order. Whether the barbecue is propane or natural gas, verify that fittings are tight and soap them to watch for bubbles, which indicate leaking fittings.
- Make sure the grill is clean and scrubbed after each use. If possible, remove the grill and clean it properly indoors.
- Cook food to proper internal temperature in order to kill bacteria. Meat thermometers can be used to gauge the temperature. Depending on how one enjoys their meat, 145 F or 63 C is typically the minimum safe temperature required.
- Wash all utensils, cutting boards and surfaces prior to and after cooking.
- Keep hot food hot and cold food cold.
- Clean up and store leftovers as soon as possible in order to prevent food-borne illnesses.