05/14/2012 02:41 EDT | Updated 07/14/2012 05:12 EDT

Use digital-read thermometer to check meat's doneness and cook thoroughly

Here are some additional tips to keep your food safe:

— Use an instant-read thermometer to check if meat is finished rather than cutting into it as the natural juices will escape.

— Cook food thoroughly — cooking times and temperatures vary for different meat and poultry.

— Whole poultry should be fully cooked at 82 C (180 F), burgers at a minimum of 71 C (160 F) and beef, veal and lamb roasts and steaks can vary from 63 C (145 F) for medium-rare to 77 C (170 F) for well done.

— When cooking in advance, divide large portions of food into small, shallow containers for refrigeration to ensure safe, rapid cooling.

— Keep cold food cold and hot food hot until it's served. You can keep cooked meats hot by setting them to the side or upper tray of the barbecue grill.

— The refrigerator should be set at 4 C (40 F) or colder and the freezer at -18 C (0 F) or colder.