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4 Your Health: Sunscreen, sunglasses and barbeques; tips for a safe summer

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Tucson- Food safety experts have some good advice for your backyard barbeques this summer.

Before you take your steaks or burgers off the grill, it's best to use a food thermometer to ensure all meat is thoroughly cooked. Place it in the thickest part of the food and let the meat rest about three minutes before eating it to kill any remaining bacteria.

Don't put cooked food on the same plate that held raw meat or poultry and be sure to throw away any food that has been sitting out for longer than two hours.

Sunscreen a must

The American cancer society recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher which should be reapplied every two hours.

If you will be outside for a long time, wear protective clothing along with a hat with a two to three inch brim.

But the best way to avoid a bad sunburn is to stay indoors in the middle of the day, when the risk is highest.

Summer eye protection

Experts at Baylor College of Medicine recommend buying sunglasses that offer 100 percent UVAB protection and the bigger the better.

Larger sunglasses help cover the skin around the eye which is a place where small skin cancers can develop over time.

Be careful when buying sunglasses online from a site you are unsure of. While the U.S. requires sunglasses to have UV protection, that is not the case in every country.

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