Kick-Off Summer Fun
For many families, Memorial Day weekend marks the â€œofficialâ€ start to summer. While you are making social plans for your family be sure to keep safety in mind. Here are a few tips to make your summer kick-off safe and enjoyable.
Keep it clean.
Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food. If you’re eating where thereâ€™s no source of clean water, bring water, soap, and paper towels or have disposable wipes or hand sanitizer available.
Marinate food in the refrigerator.
Donâ€™t marinate on the counterâ€”marinate in the refrigerator. If you want to use marinade as a sauce on cooked food, save a separate portion in the refrigerator. Do not reuse marinade that contacted raw meat, poultry, or seafood on cooked food unless you bring it to a boil first
Keep raw food separate.
Keep your barbecue safe by keeping raw meat, poultry, and seafood in a separate cooler or securely wrapped at the bottom of a cooler. Don’t use a plate or utensils that previously held raw meat, poultry, or seafood for anything else unless you wash them first in hot, soapy water. Have a clean platter and utensils ready at grill-side for serving.
Seeing isn’t believing.
Many assume that if a hamburger is brown in the middle, itâ€™s done. Looking only at the color and texture of food is not enoughâ€”you have to use a food thermometer to be sure. According to USDA research, 1 out of every 4 hamburgers turns brown before it reaches a safe internal temperature. The only safe way to know if meat, poultry, and egg dishes are “done” is to use a food thermometer. When a hamburger is cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit as measured with a food thermometer, it is both safe and delicious!
Keep hot food hot and cold food cold.
Keep hot food at 140 F or above until served. Keep cooked meats hot by setting them to the side of the grill, or wrapped well in an insulated container. Keep cold food at 40 F or below until served. Keep cold perishable food in a cooler until serving time, out of direct sun, and avoid opening the lid often.
It is important to constantly supervise children when they are near water. Never leave a young child unattended near water, and do not trust a childâ€™s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water. Avoid distractions when supervising children around water. Other swimming safety tips from the American Red Cross include:
- Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
- Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
- Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
- Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
No matter what you are planning for the holiday weekend, always have a safety plan. Say â€œhelloâ€ to summer and enjoy time your family!
(Resources:Â Summer Grilling and Food Safety, Lisa Franzen-Castle, RD, PhD, Nutrition Specialist UNL Panhandle Research & Extension Center. (food.unl.edu); American Red Cross)
Drive 4 UR Community Event
Saturday, June 3, 2017
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds
Janssen Ford of YorkÂ is hosting a fundraising event for York County 4-H.
Come out to the Lively Livestock Show and test drive a Ford vehicle (with no obligation to buy). For every person that drives a vehicle, York County 4-H will receive a $20 donation from Ford.
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