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Picnic Safety Tips
When the weather is warm, enjoying a picnic in the sun with friends and family is great fun. The kids love to eat outdoors too. Eating food and playing outdoors, though, does have its dangers. Food can spoil in the heat, bugs can bite, and the kids can fall over and scrape their knees.
Now, we are not going to suggest that picnics are the most dangerous of all family pastimes! Even so, a few simple safety precautions will help ensure that your picnics go without a hitch. So, don’t head out for a picnic until you have read these top ten picnic safety tips.
1. Keep Hands Clean
Always wash your hands before you eat any picnic food. If there is nowhere nearby to wash your hands before eating, use a hand sanitizer. Clean your hands before you handle or prepare food as well. Remember to keep food preparation surfaces and utensils clean too.
2. Keep Food in a Cooler
Keep all perishable food in a cooler and use ice or frozen gel packs to keep the food cool. When you are on your way to your picnic, keep the cooler in the passenger compartment of the car, not in the trunk. It gets way too hot in the trunk of a car to keep food in there.
3. Take Plenty of Water
Pack plenty of bottled water for your days out in the sun. A cooler full of nothing but bottles of beer and wine will be fun at the beginning of the picnic, but the alcohol will soon dehydrate you. A good supply of water is especially important if you have kids who will be running around in the sun. Dehydration is not a lot of fun. It will ruin your summer picnic if someone gets heat stroke.
4. Keep Raw Meat, Poultry and Seafood Separated from Other Food
Raw meat, poultry, and seafood should be in a separate cooler. This is to avoid cross-contamination with other food. If you do use only one cooler, pack the uncooked meat and seafood at the bottom of the cooler. Remember to wash or clean hands after handling raw food as well. Bacteria breed faster in a hot climate, so good food hygiene at a picnic is essential.
5. Follow the Two-Hour Rule
Perishable food should not be left out of a refrigerator or cooler for more than two hours. Even at room temperature. In very hot weather, you can cut that time to one hour. Any longer than that and your food could spoil. It could turn your picnic into a food-poisoning nightmare.
6. Keep Your Cooler in the Shade
A cooler will only stay cold if it is out of the sun. To keep food safe at the picnic site, replace the lid and cover the cooler with a blanket. Then, place the cooler somewhere in the shade. Don’t put any leftover food back in the cooler if it has been out for more than one hour.
7. Ensure that Food is Cooked All the Way Through
If you are grilling food at your picnic, make sure that you cook the food all the way through. The best way to check that grilled food has cooked all the way through is to use a food thermometer. It is always best to play it safe when cooking picnic food.
8. Pack a Small First Aid Kit
Accidents can happen, so taking a first aid kit with you on picnics is a good idea, especially if you have kids. Antiseptic wipes and some band-aids will see you through most minor picnic mishaps.
9. Use Sunscreen & Insect Repellent
Apply a high SPF sunscreen and don’t forget to make sure that the children use sunscreen as well. Remember that you can get sunburned on cloudy days as well as when the sun is shining. If it’s a very hot day, it’s a good idea to get the kids to take a rest in the shade sometimes as well. That will reduce the risk of sunburn and heatstroke. Don’t forget to use insect repellents too. That will stop you getting bitten and stung by the local insect population.
10. Leave No Trace
As a courtesy to other people who will be using your picnic site after you, clear up after yourself. Take all your trash with you and don’t leave any food behind. Any scraps of food that you leave behind will attract wildlife. That could be dangerous for other families that use the site after you.
Many thanks for reading our picnic safety tips. We hope they will help you have safer picnics this summer. If you liked this post, please share it with your friends on social media.
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