The kids' soccer games, the family picnics and reunions, and all the backyard barbecues in between means more meals are eaten outside and on-the-go. But if crucial safety rules aren't followed regarding food preparation and storage, you could be ringing the dinner bell for all sorts of uninvited microscopic guests. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year, 48 million people become sick, nearly 130,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die due to food borne illness.
It seems so simple an oversight to cause such a dangerous situation, but unwashed hands are a main cause for illness from food. Most people — hopefully — know to wash their hands after using the restroom, but doing so after changing a diaper or playing with the dog might not happen in the hustle and bustle of a busy family picnic. At the very least, have hand sanitizer and wet wipes within reach for a quick and easy clean-up.