Beat the Heat This Summer

When you’re outdoors in hot weather, stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed. Rest often in shady areas. Cut down on exercise and other hard tasks. Replenish yourself with plenty of cool, non-alcoholic fluids every hour. If you have a medical condition, be sure to check with your doctor about how much water to drink. Wear light clothing and protect yourself from the sun with a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Beat the Heat This Summer

Sunburn and Excessive Heat

Sunburn can slow the skin’s ability to release excess heat. During this period of excessive heat, don’t forget your sunscreen and avoid repeated sun exposure.

If you have a sunburn, apply cold compresses or immerse the sunburned area in cool water. You can also apply moisturizing lotion to affected areas. It is not recommended to use salve, butter, or ointment. You do not want to break any blisters that may form.

Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness:

  •   Stay in air-conditions buildings as much as possible.
  •   Find an air-conditioned shelter or cooling station.
  •   Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  •   Avoid direct sunlight.
  •   Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  •   Take cool showers or baths.
  •   Check on older neighbors twice a day.
Because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat.
  •    Drink more water than usual.
  •    Don’t wait until your are thirsty to drink more fluids.
  •    Drink from tow to four cups of water every hour wile working or exercising outside.
  •    Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  •    Remind others to drink enough water.

Learn the symptom of heat-related illnesses:

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015

Food Safety for Summer Grilling

Calling all grill masters! With summer in full swing, you’re probably looking forward to enjoying many   BBQs with friends and family.
But remember, grilling outdoors can sometimes lead to unwanted food poisoning.
This year, one in six Americans will get sick from food poisoning (also known as foodborne illness). Food poisoning can affect anyone who eats food contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins, or other substances. Some groups of people – such as older adults, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems – have a higher risk of getting sick from contaminated food.  And if they do get sick, the effects of food poisoning are a lot more serious.
Join us this summer in practicing food safety by “Grilling Like A Pro” using a food thermometer. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is reminding us all that we can’t see bacteria on our burgers, hotdogs, and other meats and poultry; checking the internal temperature is the best way to ensure protection.
So what does it mean to grill like a PRO? Read on to learn three easy steps for safe summer sizzling:
P—Place the Thermometer!
Think your food is ready? Make sure by checking the internal temperature. Find the thickest part of the meat (usually about 1.5 to 2 inches deep), and insert the thermometer. If you’re cooking a thinner piece of meat, like chicken breasts or hamburger patties, insert the thermometer from the side.  Make sure that the probe reaches the center of the meat.
R—Read the Temperature!
Wait about 10 to 20 seconds for an accurate temperature reading.  Use the following safe internal temperature guidelines for your meat and poultry.
  • Beef, Pork, Lamb, & Veal (steaks, roasts, and chops): 145 °F with a 3-minute rest time
  • Ground meats: 160 °F
  • Whole poultry, poultry breasts, & ground poultry: 165 °F
O—Off the Grill!

Once the meat and poultry reach their safe minimum internal temperatures, take the food off the grill and place it on a clean platter.  Don’t put cooked food on the same platter that held raw meat or poultry.  Also remember to clean your food thermometer probe with hot, soapy water or disposable wipes.