Rules of the Game for Food Safety

It is important to keep food safety in mind as you prepare snacks and foods for Superbowl parties.

Rules of the Game for Food Safety

  • Keep it clean: Before you eat or handle food, wash your hands, and food prep tools and surfaces.
  • Cook to the right temperature: Use a food thermometer to check. 165° F for chicken and 160° F for ground beef.
  • Watch the clock:  Throw out perishable food sitting at room temperature for more than two hours.
  • Keep hot foods at 140° F or warmer and cold foods at 40° F or colder.

7 Tips for a healthy Fall Season

7 Tips for a healthy Fall SeasonAlthough the  weather is still warm, fall season has begun. Stay safe and healthy by following these general tips during the fall season.

  1. Protect yourself against the flu by getting a flu vaccine.
  2. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds to avoid getting sick and spreading germs.
  3. Do not drink and drive. Did you know alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes kill someone every 48 minutes?
  4. Test and replace batteries. Check or replace your carbon monoxide batteries along with your smoke alarm batteries. Test alarms every month to ensure they work properly.
  5. Keep food safe. Follow basic food safety steps such as separate foods to avoid cross-contamination. Always clean hands and surfaces often.
  6. Drive safely as it gets darker earlier. Aim your headlights correctly and clean your windshield to eliminate streaks.
  7. Have a safe Halloween. Check the candy your children receive from trick-or-treating.

For more information on fall safety tips, visit https://www.cdc.gov/family/autumn/index.htm