FILE - Grilling

The Illinois Department of Public Health is concerned about your tummy this Fourth of July.

The usual Fourth of July safety warnings talk a lot about being safe with fireworks and not drinking and driving.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has issued its own Independence Day warning.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Ngozi Ezike said it all starts with the burgers, brats and chicken wings.

"Don't forget to fully cook your food when you fire up that grill," Ezike said. "Keeping food out of the danger zone, and preventing foodborne illness by keeping the food between 40 and 140 degrees is an important thing. Foodborne illness can occur when food sits out too long."

Ezike also said to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

But she said don't swallow pool or lake water while you're swimming. That can lead to some stomach issues.

"We need to be as careful as we can while enjoying ourselves and enjoying this weather that is time-limited," Ezike said. "But try and swallow and ingest as little water as possible. That's the best thing because lots of bacteria can be in that water."

Staff Reporter

An industry veteran with two decades of experience in media, Benjamin Yount reports on Illinois and Wisconsin statewide issues for The Center Square.