• Tue, May 4 2010

Daily Health Quiz: Safe Barbecue – How Long Can You Leave Burgers Out Before You Grill?

How much do you really know about your health? You might think you know all the ins and outs of staying healthy, but our daily Health Smarts Quiz will tell you how good your knowledge really is. Answer our question, below, and check back tomorrow for the correct answer and your next pop quiz.

How long can you safely leave out meat before putting it on the grill?

Today’s Question: The heat is turning up and it’s time for summer barbecues and garden parties, but in the midst of lighting tiki torches and mixing your next mint julep, it’s easy to forget food safety. Once your hot dogs and hamburgers are on the grill, you don’t need to worry, but while your meat waits for its turn on the barbie, it’s runs the risk of developing high levels of bacteria like salmonella, campylobactor, listeria, and E coli – food borne illnesses that are sure to put a damper on your backyard bash.

Do you know how long is safe to keep meat at room temperature before putting it on the grill? Take our poll:

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Do you know which sounds are loud enough to cause permanent hearing loss? According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, prolonged exposure to sounds above 85 decibels can cause gradual hearing loss. All of the sounds we asked about – city traffic, listening to a home stereo at full volume, a lawn mower, and rock concerts – are 85 decibels or louder. 60% of you answered correctly, but 40% of you thought the only sound loud enough to hurt your ears was a concert. Time to turn down the volume! Check out the NIDCD’s chart of common sounds:

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