GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Before heading to the 4th of July backyard grill there's a few things you need to know.
First off most food only lasts in the elements about one hour. Nutrition experts say potato salad with tangy dressing with vinegar lasts slightly longer.
Jello salad is a big culprit for food born illness if it's left outside.
Follow the below 40 degrees, or above 140 degrees rule. Keeping it cooler than 40 degrees or more than 140 for things like meat, will help reduce bacteria growth.
Follow these simple tips and you'll enjoy a healthy happy holiday minus the stomach ache.