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Bank Holiday BBQ Checklist
As we are close to our final Bank Holiday of the summer, we know that many residents may be planning to enjoy a BBQ.
BBQ’s can be a common cause of food poisoning and we want to make sure our residents enjoy a safe BBQ so here’s 5 easy tips for staying safe when cooking:
- Come clean – Wash your hands thoroughly before cooking and eating. Wash your utensils and serving dishes in between use and take special care not to mix up dishes used for holding raw food with dishes for cooked food.
- Keep your cool – Defrost your food in the fridge – NOT at room temperature, and ensure it is fully defrosted before cooking. When storing cooked food, cool it at room temperature before putting it in the fridge, but make sure you get it in the fridge within 2 hours.
- Feel the heat – Cook food at the right temperature and for the correct length of time to ensure that any harmful bacteria are killed. Turn meat regularly and move it around the barbecue to cook it evenly.
- Marinade mindfully – When applying a marinade to meat, be careful. Don’t baste partially and cooked meat with a marinade that has been used on raw meat, as this can lead to cross-contamination. If you would like to apply the marinade again as a baste – boil it in a pan, and it will be safe to use.
- Check it’s done – Always check that meat juices run clear and that no pink meat is visible when cutting through the thickest part. Remember, charred on the outside doesn’t always mean cooked on the inside!
We’ve worked hard Broxtowe so let’s keep it up.
Help keep Broxtowe safe by following the four rules to protect ourselves and others from the virus:
- Wash your hands regularly
- Keep a safe distance from others
- Wear a face covering when asked, if you can
- Stay home and book a test if you have symptoms.
Got Symptoms? Get Tested
Have you got:
- A new, continuous cough
- High temperature
- Loss or change to sense of smell/taste
If so, make sure you get tested it’s free just book online.
NHS Test and Trace Details
Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, reminds residents to leave contact details for ALL members of their party when they visit any venue supporting the NHS Test and Trace service.
Keeping Safe in Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles
The latest Government guidance states that members of the public should wear a face covering when using taxis or private hire vehicles.
A taxi driver or private hire vehicle operator may be entitled to refuse to accept you if you do not wear a face covering.
The risk of contamination is small at 2 metres and where possible, you should maintain 2 metres distance.
If you cannot keep 2 metres distance, reduce the risk to yourself and others by maintaining a 1 metre distance where possible, and taking suitable precautions.
Follow the advice of the driver. For example, you may be asked to sit in the back left-hand seat if travelling alone. You may want to check with your taxi or private hire operator before travelling if they have put any additional measures in place.
You should use contactless payment if possible, or find out if you can pay online in advance.
Be aware of the surfaces you touch. Be careful not to touch your face. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
Open Water Swimming
We know it can be very tempting to cool off by taking a swim, but please avoid swimming in any open water, this could put yourself and others in danger. If you do spot someone in trouble in the water please call 999.