barbecue labor dayJust in time for Labor Day, the Division of Environmental Health Services will be providing information regarding food safety, including complimentary food thermometers, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at their offices, 172 West Third Street in San Bernardino.

Labor Day weekend calls for lots of opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities with family and friends, including picnics, barbecues, cookouts and other outdoor parties. The warm weather is perfect for outdoor eating but it also presents opportunities for foodborne illnesses. Remember the following tips to protect yourself, your family, and friends from foodborne illnesses this Labor Day:

  • Wash your hands – before and after handling food
  • Marinate food in the refrigerator – Never marinate food on the counter
  • Keep raw food separate – Keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood in a separate cooler or securely wrapped at the bottom of the cooler so their juices won’t contaminate prepared food or raw produce
  • Cook food thoroughly – Use a food thermometer to ensure food is cooked thoroughly to destroy harmful bacteria
  • Keep hot food hot – Keep hot food at 135 degrees or above until served
  • Keep cold food cold – Keep cold food at 41 degrees or below until served

Make it a food safe Labor Day weekend!