Up in Smoke: The BBQ Blunder Quiz

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A cookout can be a great time for family and friends. But a lapse of attention can result in drastic, and sometimes tragic, results. Do you how to make your next barbecue party a safe and successful one? Take our quiz to find out.

Which of the following are considered fire hazards for someone hoping to grill?

Anything that can cause a flame to flare up -- including fatty foods, grease buildup and a faulty fuel line -- can create a fire risk.

When grilling, what is a reasonable amount of time to leave the grill unattended?

Given the quick-strike risk of a grill fire, it is highly recommended that a lit barbecue is never left unattended.

When is it acceptable to grill under an enclosed space, like a tent or a garage?

Due to concerns with smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning, it is never advisable to grill in a confined space.

If a grill flame jumps to the hose between the gas tank and grill, what is the best course of action?

The fastest and most effective way to extinguish a gas fire is to interrupt the fuel supply by turning off the tank valve.

If a fuel line appears to be defective, which is the best course of action?

Any time any part of our gas grill is defective, replace it immediately before using the grill again.

Which of the following is an appropriate place to have a lit grill?

The only suitable place for a grill is outdoors, away from buildings and structures such as decks and porches.

What is the best technique to make sure charcoal ash is safe to dispose?

Even ash that is cool to the touch on the surface can have smoldering embers underneath. Water is the best method to make sure it is extinguished safely.

Where is the safest place to dispose of charcoal ash?

Since ash can potentially contain smoldering embers, it should be disposed on in a fireproof container.

What is the major contributing factor to most barbecue blunders?

Alcohol is the overwhelming factor in most "accidental" fires attributed to grilling or barbecues.

On average, during a five-year period between 2005 and 2009, how many home fires were directly attributable to grilling?

In the years between 2005 and 2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,200 home fires per year involving grills, hibachis or barbecues.

During that same period -- between 2005 and 2009 -- how many structure fires were directly attributable to grilling annually?

U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,400 structure fires per year involving barbecues.

How many outdoor fires were directly attributable to grilling annually between 2005 and 2009?

U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 4,800 structure fires per year involving barbecues.

In 2009, how many people wound up in a hospital emergency room with burns and blisters suffered in grilling-related accidents?

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 18,000 people found themselves in an ER with burns and blisters from grilling-related accidents in 2009 alone.

To be considered safe, red meats such as beef and veal should be cooked to what internal temperature?

The USDA recommends cooking red meats such as beef, pork and veal to a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit (62.7 degrees Celsius).

To be considered safe, poultry products such as chicken should be cooked to what internal temperature?

The USDA recommends cooking poultry products such as chicken to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit (73.9 Celsius).

What percentage of home fires involving grills started on a courtyard, terrace or patio from 2005 to 2009?

According to the National Fire Protection Association, that number is 29 percent.

What percentage of home fires involving grills started on an exterior balcony or open porch?

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 28 percent of home fires involving grills started on the porch or a balcony from 2005 to 2009.

As a rule of thumb, how often should you replace the battery in your home smoke detectors?

Many experts recommend replacing batteries at least once a year, on an easy-to-remember date.

Based on statistics, which of the following is the most dangerous form of grilling?

Statistics show that gas grills were involved in an annual average of 6,900 home fires between 2005 and 2009, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average of 1,100 home fires over the same period.

What should you do to limit the cancer risk of consuming grilled meats?

According to the USDA, eating grilled meats that aren't charred poses little cancer risk. Removing fat and pre-cooking meats prevent charring.

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