FORT WAYNE, Ind (WANE) Parkview Hospital wants to remind people to stay safe when cooking out.
Parkview Hospital’s Assistant Retail Operations Manager, Peter Jovevski, issued safety tips for cookouts.
“You don’t need to have a screaming hot grill,” Joveski said. “It’s good to get your grill hot, but it’s good to keep it medium high or medium so you can control the heat.”
Joveski said anything hotter than 90 degrees is safe to eat after being left out for about one hour. Food cooler than 90 degrees can be left out for about two hours.
He also recommend constantly washing your hands with soap and water or wearing gloves to protect from spreading germs. He noted that many times people forget about the cross contamination of food, and reminded people to use separate utensil on raw meat and cooked meat.
As always, keep a fire extinguisher handy and a bottle of water in case something on the grill catches on fire.