(NBC) - Fourth of July cookouts are best when you take extra steps to keep food free from bacteria strains, such as salmonella.
Cases of food poisoning rise during the summer, because more people are eating outdoors and harmful bacteria multiple quickly in hot and humid weather conditions.
The USDA says a safe cookout always begins with clean hands and be sure to use different cutting boards for raw meat and vegetables.
Experts recommend investing in a food thermometer to make sure meats are cooked thoroughly.
Burgers should reach 160 degrees at their thickest point, while chicken should reach at least 165 degrees.