OKC Insurance Agents: Get ready for the BBQ grill

OKC insurance agents know that life equals risks. There is just no way around that unless you decide to live in a bubble and even then there would probably be something to worry about. BBQ cookouts can be dangerous if not done carefully. There are some precautions people can take to make the risks a little less likely to interrupt your Father’s Day weekend.

OKC insurance agents have located some helpful information provided to the public by the United States Department of Agriculture. According to their page, we all have several steps we can take to ensure a safer BBQ experience. Of course, OKC insurance agents want you to be safe also so we decided to use this week’s blog to tell you about some of these BBQ safety tips.

First off, if you don’t already have a fire extinguisher on hand, get one! This is just good, common sense. It would be wise to have one person in charge of the grill at all times. Don’t ever let the cook get distracted or walk off without someone else to watch the grill. Very few people want to eat burnt meat or have a burnt down house.

Second, if you’re using a gas BBQ grill, regularly check the grill for bugs and debris prior to using it so that the path of the fuel isn’t obstructed. If you’re using coals, be careful not to add too much lighter fluid. It’s not a toy and it’s not funny if you singe your eyebrows.

You and your family would like to enjoy their Father’s Day celebrations without getting ill, so make sure you keep food born illnesses at bay by keeping meat chilled until cooked. Once cooked, keep it hot until served. The USDA states that 140°F or warmer is the temperature to keep. Once the food is finished being served, put the remaining food in the refrigerator right away.

Bonus tips from OKC insurance agents:

Keep your grill clean to avoid grease fires
Don’t drink while cooking to avoid impairing your ability (wait until after cooking if drinking)
Don’t breathe in too much smoke as it’s bad for your lungs.

OKC insurance agents hope you have a safe and happy Father’s Day weekend. If you plan to BBQ, please keep it safe!