Always wash your hands before handling foods. Disposable wipes are useful when there is no water nearby.
Cook foods to proper temperatures and store promptly, keeping hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
When grilling, use a meat thermometer to ensure that you cook meat and poultry thoroughly.
Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Also, put cooked meat on a clean platter, rather than back on the one that held the raw meat, to avoid cross-contamination.
Be sure to thoroughly clean hands and utensils after handling raw meats especially chicken.
Chill foods before placing them in the cooler. Coolers are meant to keep foods chilled but cannot chill warm foods.
Prepare salads such as potato, macaroni or chicken before leaving home. Thoroughly chill items before placing them in the cooler.
At the picnic site, keep the food and the cooler out of the sun.
Do not carry the leftovers home especially uncooked meats, cold cuts and casseroles. It is safer to discard them.
When you're finished eating, refrigerate leftovers promptly.
Leaving Home for Vacation
Lock all doors and windows. Remember to lock garages and sheds too.
Stop mail and newspaper deliveries and ask a neighbor to pick up any advertising circulars left on your porch.
Park your locked car in your driveway or have a neighbor park it there.
Connect automatic timers to indoor and outdoor lights, as well as to a radio or television.
Turn down the ringer on your phone. If you have an answering machine, make sure your message does not tell callers you are on vacation.
Tell a neighbor or relative where you can be reached at all times.
Don't post anything on social media sites alerting users that you are heading out of town and away from home for an extend period of time.
If you've never learned to swim, now's the time.
It's always a good time to learn CPR - Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation - especially if you'll be supervising others.
Always supervise young children around water (stay close enough to reach a child at all times and avoid distractions such as playing cards, reading a book or talking on the phone) However, always have a phone near-by in case of an emergency.
A drowning can happen quickly, and usually silently. Avoid alcohol while supervising children and before or during swimming, boating or waterskiing.
Prevent water-related injuries and drowning by swimming with a buddy and swimming where there's a lifeguard. Always use life jackets and secure personal flotation devices - do not substitute air-filled or foam toys for safety gear. When enjoying natural bodies of water, be aware of the local weather conditions and forecast. Strong winds and thunderstorms with lightning can be dangerous.
Watch for dangerous waves and signs of rip tides/currents. Also know and obey the posted warnings. For example, beaches often have different colored flags (red, yellow, green) to indicate beach conditions. Pay attention to lifeguards or posted instructions.
Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
Wear clothing to protect exposed skin.
Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears and neck.
Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
Use sunscreen with a sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.
Avoid indoor tanning.
Stay hydrated with water-based drinks.