Summer Health and Safety

Warmer weather brings new chances for not only healthy eating and outdoor activity but also some new risks.

Food Handling and Grilling Safety

Summer is grilling season, but when you take the time to fire up the grill, make sure your food is cooked thoroughly (use a meat thermometer to be sure), and never reuse containers, plates, or utensils for cooked food that were used for raw meat, poultry, or seafood. Always wash hands after handling raw meat. If you’re having sides that aren’t grilled, make sure you keep them cold if needed. More outdoor food safety tips can be found on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Eating Outdoors and Handing Food Safely page.

In addition to handling and storing your food safely, be sure to use the grill safely. Check out these safe grilling tips from the National Fire Prevention Agency.

Staying Active and Safe

When you take advantage of the warm weather and stay active, remember to avoid over exposure to the sun with sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen (at least SPF 15). Try to keep hydrated and avoid strenuous activities in the midday sun. Also, be aware of the weather forecast. Sometimes nice weather can change to severe quickly. This is especially true in summer, a prime time for severe storms and tornadoes.

Stay safe by knowing what to do in case you’re on the road and get caught in a tornado. Don’t try and outrun the tornado and don’t try and hide under an overpass! If no shelter is nearby hide in a ditch or culvert and cover your head with your hands.

Similarly, if you encounter a hurricane or severe storm or flooding, when  possible, avoid driving through water. Water on the roadway can hide dangers like washed out roadways, can damage your engine, or even carry your vehicle away. As you’re driving, be on the lookout for wires that may have been knocked down in the storm. It is possible to get stuck when driving through downed wires, making your rescue difficult.

More information on tornado and hurricane safety as well as general information regarding emergency preparedness can be found at the following links:

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