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Precautions to Protect Yourself in Extreme Heat

As we move into what are typically the hottest months of the year in Iowa, please remember to take measures to prevent heat stress.
Anyone can suffer from heat stress, including young and healthy individuals if they are very active during hot weather or the heat index is very high; however, the following people are at greatest risk:
• Individuals age 65 or older
• Infants and young children
• Overweight individuals
• People who are performing manual labor or exercising outdoors
• People who are physically ill, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as those for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation

Remember to keep cool and use common sense when temperatures and humidity are high by:
• Keeping in the shade or air conditioned areas as much as possible
• Increasing fluid intake, regardless of their activity level
• If experiencing a lot of sweating, replacing salt and minerals by eating foods like bananas and salty crackers, or [ ]

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Food Safety Tips For Grilling

Nothing says summer like the smoky flavor of foods cooked out on the grill. However, it is important to follow these simple precautions to reduce the risk of food-borne illness:
• Clean your grill between each use.
• Wash your hands with soap and water before preparing food. Don’t prepare food for others if you have a diarrheal illness.
• Keep foods refrigerated when marinating. Do not use the sauce you used to marinate raw meat or poultry on cooked food.
• Cook meat and poultry thoroughly. Use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature of meat and poultry. Cook beef steaks and roasts to 145ºF, hamburger and pork to 160ºF, and poultry to 165ºF. If a thermometer is not available, cook meat (especially ground meats) until no pink remains and all juices run clear.
• Avoid cross-contamination by washing hands, utensils and cutting boards after they’ve been in contact with raw meat or poultry, and before they touch [ ]

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