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Tips For A Safe UofL-UK Cookout

This Saturday is one of the biggest, most exciting days for a sports fan living in Kentucky: the annual football showdown between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats. Whether you are tailgating in Lexington or having a cookout at home there are several ways to ensure you have a safe and fun experience. Here are the River Valley Group's top-5 tips for a safe grilling experience:

1. Always keep a fire extinguisher near

Whether you've been grilling for years and you make the best burgers in the area, or you just started grilling and can't figure out how to turn it on, ALWAYS keep a fire extinguisher nearby. When dealing with fire your experience goes out the door and your top goal before making great food is to implement safety precautions.

2. Be aware that meats cook at different temperatures

When you are dealing with food, especially uncooked meats, it's very important that it is safe to cook and safe to eat. If cooking whole cuts of pork the temperature should read 145 degrees F, ground meats (beef, lamb, etc.) should be 160 degrees, and chicken should be about 165 degrees F. Be sure to place the food thermometer in the thickest part of the food for the most accurate results.

3. Avoid inhaling the smoke from the grill

There are many that can withstand the grill smoke or even enjoy the smell of the smoke. Nonethless, avoid the smoke if at all possible. The smoke contains carbon monoxide as well as cancer causing substances. If the smoke gets out of control step back from the grill until it settles.

4. When grilling keep children at a distance

When there are a bunch of people in an area where there is a grill the important of knowing where your children are because extremely important. Cookouts with large amounts of people can be dangerous in ways you wouldn't anticipate, so staying away from very hot grills almost tops the list. According to BlackDoctor.org there are approximately 2.7 million children that visit the ER every summer due to injuries related to backyard activities, such as being near swimming pools or playsets.

5. The most common mantra that you hear in all alcohol commercials: Be Responsible

Many cookouts will involve beer, cocktails, and other alcoholic beverages...make sure that you are doing what you can to ensure a safe and responsible environment, especially if it is at your house. Moderation is key!

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