05/11/2015 08:00 EDT | Updated 05/11/2016 05:59 EDT

Better safe than sorry: Food safety tips

Food safety is always important, but outdoor picnics and barbecues demand it.

— Refrigerate all planned picnic foods so they're cold before you pack them in a cooler.

— Avoid putting coolers in a trunk. Instead, transport them in the air-conditioned passenger area of a vehicle.

— When you get to a picnic site, remove coolers from the car and set in the shade.

— Ensure all perishable food is kept in an ice-packed cooler until the moment you serve it. If the ice melts, the food should not be consumed.

— At home, perishable foods should not sit at room temperature for more than two hours. If outside in temperatures of 32 C (90 F) or more, reduce time to one hour.

— Never take home leftovers from a picnic. Discard any prepared food not eaten.

Source: Various.