By Delilah Gonzalez
NACOGDOCHES (KTRE) -- Summer may be coming to an end but that doesn't mean that barbecue season is gone with it.
There are simple ways to ensure that your family will stay safe with the meats you grill for them.
The first step is getting your grilling goodies. Next, you need to figure out what grill suites you best:
Gas grills can be easier to clean and turn on although they may cost more. Some people also claim that grilling on charcoal gives food a richer, smokier flavor.
Stephen F. Austin State University dietitian, Dana Faris, says that many people lack education when preparing to fire up the grill.
"The first thing to do is definitely keeping everything clean and sanitary as you can. Making sure you're washing your hands before and after touching any kind of meat or even the sides that you're putting with it," said Faris.
According to the CDC the way that food is handled after it is contaminated can make the difference in whether or not an outbreak will occur.
"Making sure you are using a new dish or washing with soap and hot water before using that dish again for your cooked foods," said Faris.
Red meats could cause a higher risk in people getting food borne illnesses since most people do like their meats bloody, but always try to cook thoroughly and to have a cooking thermometer on hand since different meats vary at different temperatures.
And when there's leftover remember to refrigerate since germs can grow in food within a two hour time period.
According to the CDC, 1 in 6 people contract food poisoning and there are less people that get the flu than there are people that get food borne illnesses.
By following simple safety precautions you and your family could save a trip from going to the hospital.
Symptoms can include severe stomach issues, nausea, vomiting and in some serious cases even death.
For more information you can visit the CDC website to keep up with their recommendations and any of their food safety alerts.