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Having a safe Fourth of July cookout

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(WKOW) -- Just because this year's Fourth of July holiday isn't typical, doesn't mean a good cookout can't happen. However, food safety experts are encouraging extra precautions.

"If you're not going to have access to running water or things like that, make sure you have enough sanitizing wipes," Chrystal Okonta, a USDA Food Safety expert said. "Clean your hands, your surfaces, cutting boards or utensils that you're using," she said.

Okonta is also reminding people to wash their hands often when it comes to handling food.

"As long as you're washing your hands or using hand sanitizer before and after touching your food, that's going to reduce the risk of transmission for any illnesses," she said.

Health experts are also urging people to hold events outdoors if possible and maintain physical distancing.

Jessica Porter

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