As temperatures spike at those back yard barbecues, keep an eye on how long food may be sitting out.

People have a tendency to want to leave the food sitting out for a long time. but really the best thing would be, set that food out, give people a chance to eat and then put it away as quickly as you can.

Charles Dierker with the state Health Department says if you have an inkling something has been out for too long, it probably has been.

Sometimes we’ll recommend two hours, especially the hotter it is outside the shorter time you have.

Dierker says when cooking out of doors be sure you’re getting all meats grilled to the proper temperature and wash your hands right after handling any raw meat or fish.