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Barbecue Food Safety


It's important to cook food thoroughly at a barbecue to avoid food poisoning. Food poisoning is usually mild, and most people get better within a week. Sometimes it can be more severe, so it’s important to take the risks seriously. Children, older people and those with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to food poisoning.


The two main risk factors to cooking on the barbecue are:

  • Undercooked meat
  • Spreading germs from raw meat onto food that’s ready to eat

This is because raw or undercooked meat can contain germs that cause food poisoning.  However, it’s easy to kill these germs by cooking meat until it is piping hot throughout.


When you’re cooking any kind of meat on a barbecue, such as poultry (chicken or turkey), pork, steak, burgers or sausages, make sure:

  • The coals are glowing red with a powdery grey surface before you start cooking, as this means that they're hot enough.
  • Frozen meat is properly thawed before you cook it.
  • You turn the meat regularly and move it around the barbecue to cook it evenly.

Remember that meat is safe to eat only when:

  • It is piping hot in the centre.
  • There is no pink meat visible.
  • The juices run clear.

Hay Fever - Allergy UK helpline: 01322 619898


Hay fever affects around 20% of people in the UK. 


Top Tips:

  • Create a barrier by smearing Vaseline inside your nostrils.
  • Don’t sit outside between 4pm and 7pm or in the early morning, as the pollen count is highest at these times.
  • Don’t sleep or drive with the windows open, as this will allow pollen to come in.
  • Wash your hair. Pollen is sticky and may be in your hair.
  • Vacuum. Pollen can live in carpet for up to three months.
  • Talk to your GP or pharmacist about any treatment you’re taking for hay fever as it might be worth trying a new treatment. The same antihistamine [anti-allergy treatment] doesn’t always work for someone year after year. Try something different, such as a nasal spray or a new antihistamine.

Sun Safety


It's important to protect your and your children's skin in the sun to avoid sunburn and heat exhaustion.


Click here for NHS Choices Questions and Answers




Knowing how to treat an insect sting and how to recognise when it needs medical attention will help you do the right thing if you or your child are stung.


For most people, stings are painful but harmless. Some people can have an immediate allergic reaction to being stung, which can be very dangerous.


Click here to read more about stings



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