Best practices for food safety, such as washing your hands and not defrosting meat on the counter, apply year-round. But they’re even more important when the weather warms up.

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More people get food poisoning in the summer than at other times of the year, according to the Department of Agriculture. Cooking and eating outside make it more difficult to handle food safely, and bacteria grow more quickly when it’s warm and humid. So these five rules from Sana Mujahid, Ph.D., the manager of food safety research at Consumer Reports, are in order this season. To see them, hover your cursor over the red circles in each area of the illustration below.

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the July 2019 issue of Consumer Reports On Health.