Throwing a Memorial Day BBQ

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. - New research shows this holiday weekend might not be all fun and games. It could be dangerous to your child's health.

The Illinois Poison Center shows, during summer, people have increased chances for accidental poisonings. The ICP sees a 10 - 20% increase in call volume during the summer, compared to the rest of the year.

It comes from the unsafe handling of food, insect bites and exposure to chemicals. But, poisoning is preventable.

If you're having a picnic, make sure to bring extra clean plates to prevent cross-contamination of raw and cooked foods. If you're keeping a cooler by you with drinks and snacks, keep it out of the hot sun and in the shade.

When you're at the pool, keep an eye on the kids. Make sure they don't sniff any chemicals by the pool. Since it's summer, bugs will be out, so wear clothing which will cover as much skin as possible. It will protect you against bug bites or stings.

Even plants can be harmful, such as poison ivy. Make sure to have fun this weekend, but keep these things in mind for a safe summer.

Of course, the U.S. isn't the only country celebrating men and women in uniform. In Australia and New Zealand, they honor the armed forces on Anzac Day.

Every April 25, Aussie's and Kiwi's hold commemorative services at dawn, followed by marches of the former military. This is to remember the anniversary of the first major action done by Australian and New Zealand forces during World War I.

In England, they recognize military on Remembrance Day. Every November 11, the final day of fighting during World War I.

The entire commonwealth remembers those who risked their lives and the royal family will gather outside for two minutes of silence.

Poppies have become the symbol for the day and are placed on war memorials and on clothing.

Gwen Wilson, with Nuptiae: The Wedding & Event Planners, joins us now.


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