Have a Safe Labor Day Barbecue

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If you plan to celebrate summer's last days with a cookout, then there are a few safety tips you should know before firing up the grill. Grilled food is usually a better choice than fried or creamy foods because there's no coating and no grease. The smoke, rubs and marinades add an unbeatable flavor that make grilling appealing, not to mention bringing the party outside into the great outdoors. But that same smoke and fire that create the yummy charring everyone likes on their meat can be harmful.

Compounds called PAH and HCA can form when fat drips onto hot coals or the grill's heating element. When a flame-up occurs, these compounds are deposited on food. Vegetarians get to bypass these risks, because grilling fruits and vegetables does not form the compounds.