As summer approaches, it is important to make wise choices in order to protect your skin, food, and overall health so that you and your family can have fun in the sun while staying out of harm’s way.
Food safety Few things in life are better than a summer barbecue, and no barbecue is complete without following the proper food handling procedures below:
• Always wash your hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling food.
• Keep marinating foods refrigerated and boil the used marinade sauce before applying to cooked food. Also, avoid putting cooked food on any plate that previously held raw food.
• Use a meat thermometer to ensure that food reaches a safe internal temperature. Beef should be cooked to at least 155°F and chicken to 165°F. Fish is done when cooked to 155°F and the meat is opaque and flakes easily.
• Pre-heat the coals on the grill for 20-30 minutes.
• Pack plenty of ice or freezer packs to ensure food is held at 41°F or below.
Sun safety Precautions must be taken to avoid sunburn and skin injuries. Exposure to the sun’s ultra-violet (UV) rays is the leading environmental factor in the progression of skin cancer. Liberal use of sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater is recommended to prevent sunburn. Other ways to protect yourself from sunburn are:
• Seeking shade under shelter such as a tree or umbrella;
• Covering up with light-weight clothing;
• Wearing a hat to protect your face, scalp, neck and ears, and;
• Wearing sunglasses that deter UV rays.