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Scott Sawyer Shares Grilling Safety Tips From State Farm


Corinth State Farm Agent Scott Sawyer has shared many tips to keep you and your family safe while grilling and picnicking this spring.

Grilling Safety

  • Check gas lines for cracking, sharp bends or brittleness. Put soapy water on the gas lines and look for bubbling to test for leaks.
  • Grill in well-ventilated areas. Never grill inside a home, tent, vehicle or camper.
  • Keep lighter fluid capped and a safe distance away from the grill.
  • Never add lighter fluid to hot coals.
  • Never use gasoline or kerosene as a starter fluid.
  • Clean grates and grease pans to prevent flare ups, and wait 48 hours before disposing coal ashes.
  • Grill at least 10 feet away from buildings, and keep children and pets away from grills.
  • Never leave a grill unattended.

Food Safety

  • Wash fruits and vegetables ahead of time. There may not be running water at the picnic site.
  • Store raw meat separate from other foods to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Place drinks and perishable foods in separate coolers. When guests grab drinks, they won’t expose the perishable items.
  • Use ice packs to keep perishable items at a safe temperature in the cooler.
  • Pack a meat thermometer so you can be sure meats are cooked to safe temperatures.
  • Fill large bowls with ice and set foods that need to stay cool on top. Don’t forget to replace the ice as it melts.
  • Keep perishable items in the cooler until time to eat. Make sure these items stay cool. The Food and Drug Administration recommends 40 degrees Farenheit or colder.
  • Discard any food that’s been sitting out for more than two hours.
  • Keep coolers out of direct sunlight, and avoid opening them excessively.
  • Cook meat to the proper temperature to destroy potentially harmful bacteria. Hamburgers are safe to eat at 160 degrees F, according to the USDA.
  • Separate different types of raw meat from each other.
  • Don’t place cooked meat on a plate that once held raw meat. This goes for utensils too. Switch out your tongs to serve cooked meat.
  • Place cooked meats in a pan by the side of the grill. The heat will help maintain a safe internal temperature.

For more information contact Sawyer by clicking here.

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