As the temperatures in July start to heat up, so do the grills! Grilling is a fun way to spend a summer afternoon with friends or family; however, there is one key important thing to pay attention to when planning your perfect summer BBQ: safety. Here is a simple 7-Step guide to planning a safe barbecue for senior living adults, thanks to the NFPA.
Understanding the ins and outs of grilling safety is crucial to avoid injury. Here are some tips and strategies to prevent grilling danger:
- Know your grill.
There are three main types of grills: charcoal, gas, and electric. While each type has its specific perks, they each operate very differently, so it is important to know which type you will be using.
- Choose your location.
It is crucial that your grill is placed far away from your community’s, railings, porch, deck, awning, and any leaves, trees, or overhanging branches. Never grill in an enclosed area, inside a building or parking structure because of the carbon monoxide gas that charcoal and gas grills produce.
- Check your surroundings.
Be sure to always keep everyone at a safe difference from the grill while it is in use, particularly those who may not understand the dangers they pose.
- Clean your grill.
An unclean grill increases the risk of grease fires and can give way to other potential problems, so make sure that you remove any grease or fat buildup from the grills and the trays below the grill.
- Use starter fluid with caution.
If you choose to use starter fluid with your charcoal grill, make sure that the lighter fluid is made for grilling. Once you have selected your lighter fluid, be sure to keep it away from any heat sources and out of the reach of children. Once the fire has started, do not add more lighter fluid or try to move the grill. After you have finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container.
- Use propane with caution.
If you use propane, it is crucial that you check for brittleness, holes, cracks, and leaks before the first use of the season or if you have not used your grill in a while. In order to conduct a leak check, use the “Bubble Test.” First, turn the propane tank completely off, then apply a water soap solution to the connections between the cylinder valve and the regulator outlet. Lastly, slowly open the valve and watch for bubbles. If you see bubbles at the connection points, close the cylinder valve, tighten the connection, and repeat the process. If you continue to see bubbles or smell gas while cooking, immediately step away from the grill and call the fire department.
- Most importantly, never leave your grill unattended
Check out the National Fire Protection Association page on Grilling for more information: nfpa.org
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Recipe Quick Bite
Grilled Pineapple Chicken
Here is a quick, easy, and flavor-packed, low sodium grilling recipe to help you enjoy National Grilling Month!
- 1 cup dry sherry
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1-1/4 pound skinless, chicken breast, bone-in
- 4 pineapple rings
- Place all ingredients except pineapple into a zip-lock style bag.
- Refrigerate and marinate overnight.
- Place marinated chicken on a barbecue grill and cook for 15 to 20 minutes until done.
- Discard unused marinade.
- During the last few minutes, place pineapple on grill top for 2 minutes each side to heat. Serve on top of each chicken breast.
Note: Cooking sherry and cooking wine are high in sodium. Do not substitute for the dry sherry in this recipe.
Recipe from: https://www.davita.com/diet-nutrition/recipes/chicken-turkey/grilled-pineapple-chicken
Team Member Highlite
This month we’re getting to know Sara Arnold, Director of Operations at Incite.
Here are 3 things you didn’t know about Sara:
- They are big-time ice hockey fans in her home, die-hard supporters of the Nashville Predators.
- Sara is a voracious reader; She reads 1-2 books each month and hosts a book club on the first Friday night of every month at her house.
- When she was a kid, she would occasionally go visit her Dad at work… and watch the Space Shuttle land! He was an aircraft engineer at Lockheed Martin, based at Edwards Air Force Base in southern California.