Fire Up the Grill

Dust off the barbecue and grab an apron. For many people, the rich aroma of food on the grill heralds the arrival of summer.

Grilling is a great way to enjoy the robust flavors of meat with less fat. You can even roast vegetables on kebob sticks, wrapped in foil, or right on the grill. And cooking outdoors boosts the fun factor for a gathering.

Make it a safe and healthy celebration with these tips:

Check the fuel line on gas grills for any leaks before starting.

Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from buildings and objects; never use it indoors due to the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Stay near the grill — and keep children and pets away.

Use a meat thermometer to check all meats for safe internal temperatures, according to the USDA:

Steaks, roasts, and chops (beef, veal, or lamb) — 145° F

Ground meat, steaks, and roasts that have been tenderized, boned, or otherwise processed — 160° F

All cuts of pork — 160° F

All poultry — 165° F.

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