Jul 4, 2013 10:17 AM by Marissa Torres
The Fourth of July wouldn't be complete without a day of grilling out, but be careful.
We have tips on keeping food safe during your holiday festivities.
81-million people across the country are expected to celebrate by grilling up some hamburgers and hotdogs. But consider putting a few safeguards in place to protect your guests from becoming one of the nearly 50-million Americans who get food poisoning throughout the year.
In warm temperatures - bacteria can multiply quicker than any other time of the year. So the first rule for the fourth? Don't keep food outside in the heat for longer than an hour - two hours if you're indoors.
Cool foods should be kept on ice, and remember to put ice on top of foods, too -- as cool air travels down.
Experts recommend using a meat thermometer to make sure burgers are fully cooked- color is not a good indicator.
Beef should hit 160 degrees and poultry should be 165 degrees inside.
Another tip, experts say it's best to use a cutting board for raw meat and another for fruits and vegetables.