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Food Safety for Summer

Food Safety for Summer

As the weather warms up, more of us will be enjoying our food outdoors, with cookouts for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, picnics on the beach or by the pool, and campfires under the stars. While these experiences are a great way to enjoy food, friends, and family, they also come with risks. Be sure to safeguard against food-borne illnesses this summer, as well as burns and other injuries while grilling.

Keep these safety tips in mind while grilling:

- Never add starter fluid to coals that are already hot
- Don’t use your grill during heavy winds
- Keep your grill in an open area, away from flammable materials
- Keep water or a small fire extinguisher nearby (never use water to extinguish flames on a gas grill)
- Always keep your grill clean and free of debris

Be sure to keep your food fresh, and handle it safely, too. Check out these articles for more tips on food safety:

Summer Food Safety Tips

How Safe is Your Food?

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