(KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Public Health is offering Fourth of July and summer safety health tips to help avoid injury and illness.
Food Safety - for cookouts and picnics, temperature is key to avoiding food-borne illness.
- Use a meat thermometer to make sure all meat and poultry are properly cooked. Ground beef hamburgers to 160 degrees Fahrenheit and hot dogs to 165 degrees Fahrenheit
- Use a clean plate when taking food off the grill
- Keep hot food hot (140 degrees Fahrenheit or above), and cold food cold (40 degrees Fahrenheit or below)
- Refrigerate leftovers within two hours
IDPH says the symptoms of most food poisoning include severe cramps, fever, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and blood diarrhea. Symptoms can begin from 30 minutes to three or more days after eating contaminated food. If food symptoms are severe or last longer than two days, contact a doctor or health care provider.