Grilling safety tips ahead of the holiday weekend

Published: Jun. 29, 2021 at 3:05 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - With the Fourth of July this weekend, it’s a good time to dust off that grill.

But, before you head outside, it’s important to follow proper sanitization guidelines to avoid any kind of illness.

Hot foods can generally be kept outside for up to four hours, and cold foods can be kept outside for up to six hours before having to be thrown out.

Chef Roy Angelle with SOWELA Community College says it’s key to have a concept of time when you’re grilling out.

“Most of the time when we’re outside we forget to use heating or cooling elements. Be sure to use some kind of warmer. There are all kinds of warmers you can buy nowadays to keep food hot and at temperature,” Angelle said.

Angelle says to go by the old saying.

“Something that flies is 165... Things that walk is 155... Also, 145 is seafood, things that swim,” Angelle said.

When prepping your meat, only pull out what you’ll use.

More information about the culinary program can be found here.

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