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Up in Smoke: The BBQ Blunder Quiz
by Staff
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.

What is the major contributing factor to most barbecue blunders?

  • alcohol
  • faulty grill and fuel lines
  • inadequate combustion

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

  • roughly 1,000 annually
  • roughly 5,000 annually
  • more than 8,000 annually

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

  • almost 2,000
  • almost 3,500
  • almost 5,000

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

  • roughly 1,000
  • roughly 2,000
  • almost 5,000

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

  • nearly 5,000
  • nearly 10,000
  • nearly 18,000

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

  • at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius)
  • at least 125 degrees Fahrenheit (51.7 degrees Celsius)
  • at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit (62.7 degrees Celsius)

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

  • at least 125 degrees Fahrenheit (51.7 degrees Celsius)
  • At least 165 degrees Fahrenheit (73.9 degrees Celsius)
  • at least 185 degrees Fahrenheit (85 degrees Celsius)

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

  • less than 10 percent
  • almost 30 percent
  • more than 50 percent

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

  • less than 10 percent
  • between 10 and 20 percent
  • roughly 28 percent

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

  • every six months
  • once a year
  • every two years

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

  • gas or propane grills
  • charcoal grills
  • wood-fired grills

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

  • a minute or two
  • a maximum of five minutes
  • none

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

  • extremely fatty foods and/or grease buildup on the grill
  • a malfunctioning fuel line and/or tossing lighter fluid on a lit fire
  • all of the above

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

  • between sundown and sunrise
  • when it's raining, or rain is in the forecast
  • never

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

  • submerge the grill in water
  • toss dirt and/or sand on the grill
  • turn off the valve on the propane tank

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

  • Use duct tape to seal the line and replace at your convenience.
  • Substitute charcoal in the bottom of your gas grill.
  • Immediately replace the worn out or broken parts before grilling.

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

  • alongside a building, so you have access to indoor amenities
  • on wooden porches or decks
  • none of the above

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

  • when it's cool to the touch
  • making sure it is thoroughly drenched with water
  • using a fire extinguisher

Where is the safest place to dispose of charcoal ash?

  • a cardboard box
  • a plastic or rubber trash can
  • a metal trash can or bin

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

  • Remove fat from the meats before grilling.
  • Pre-cook meats in the microwave before grilling.
  • Remove charred portions of the meat before eating.
  • all of the above