By Alexandra Sifferlin
May 25, 2016
TIME Health
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With Memorial Day around the corner, there’s no doubt many Americans will be heating up the grill and hosting a cookout or two over the weekend. While the BBQ picnic has become an American mainstay for the holiday weekend, there are several things that can go wrong, including contaminated food that can make us sick. Each year, around one in six Americans gets ill from eating food that’s been tainted with bacteria. That’s why it’s so important to follow good cooking hygiene and safe practices.

Here are a few tips for keeping your cookout safe this weekend—and all summer.

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