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Protect your household against salmonella poisoning

While we frequently address the product liability and Chicago wrongful death that our readers need to be aware of when they leave their home, we do not always discuss the dangers within your home that can be caused by simple oversight. You childproof your home to avoid dangerous injuries to your children caused by product liability. You make sure your teens do not drive while texting and you get check-ups for your family to keep them healthy. Additionally, you will want to pass these food safety tips onto the family cook.

There are steps that you can take to prevent personal injuries caused by foodborne illness. Wash your hands frequently. Nothing helps to prevent passing on germs like getting into the habit of frequent hand washing, especially while cooking. Keep your cutting board clean. Salmonella, E. coli, and other bacteria can be found on cutting boards that have been used. Be extremely careful to keep your cutting board clean. Keep one cutting board for meats and a second for fruits and vegetables. Additionally, use the dishwasher to clean a plastic cutting board and a scrubber on a wooden one. When you have leftovers, you should put them into the refrigerator no longer than two hours after serving the meal. While you’re near your refrigerator, also check the interior temperature of your refrigerator to make sure that it is not higher than 40 degrees and the freezer is at an even 0 degrees. Finally, do not hesitate to buy and use a meat thermometer. These are not reserved for only Thanksgiving day turkey!

Read more about avoiding salmonella poisoning by visiting The Chicago Sun-Times.