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Stay Safe While Grilling Outside This Summer

We have tips on grill safety from the City’s Inspectional Services Department.

pay attention to Charcoal ash
  • Charcoal ash gathers at the bottom of the grill every time it's used.
  • Built-up ash can block vents in the bottom of the grill. This can make it difficult to control cooking temperature. It also increases fire risks.
Cleaning your grill
  • Once the charcoal has cooled, remove the bricks and brush out the ash. 
  • Clean grill grates with a long-handled, stiff-wire brush. 
  • Use a rag or folded paper towels to apply vegetable oil to the clean grates. This will help prevent rust and food build-up. 
  • Clean the inside of the grilling bowl and lid using mild dish soap and a steel brush. 
  • Clean the outside of the lid and bowl using soap and water.
  • Towel dry to prevent rust. 
  • Keep the grill protected with a grill cover. 
  • Replace your grill brushes annually.
Cleaning a Flat-top Grill
  • Start cleaning the surface while the burner is still hot.
  • Spray a cleaning solution along the top and let it sit for about one minute. You can use dish soap, a degreaser, or a homemade baking soda mixture.
  • Use a grill brush to scrub away any stuck-on food and debris.
  • Wipe the grill down with a dry cloth and repeat the process as needed.
Cleaning a Pellet Grill
  • Remove the grill grates and place them in a bucket of warm, soapy water.
  • Take a wet-dry vacuum and clear out the ash and debris from the grill’s interior. 
  • Use a scrub brush or abrasive sponge to clean the drip pan.
  • Remove the chimney cap and clean the inside with a scrub brush. 
  • Wipe down all parts with a damp cloth.
Proper Food Storage Methods
  • To maintain quality when freezing meat and poultry, freeze in its original package. Wrap the package again, or store in a plastic baggy that is recommended for the freezer.
  • High-acid canned food, such as tomatoes, grapefruit, and pineapple, can be stored unopened on the shelf for 12-18 months. Discard cans that are dented, leaking, bulging, or rusted.
Proper Thawing Methods
  • Using a microwave: Set to lower power start for 1-2 minute increments (or longer for larger pieces).
  • Using tap water: Place food in a leak-proof plastic bag. Submerge in cold water. Change the water every 30 minutes. Cook immediately after thawing.
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