The backyard barbeque \u2013 a summer staple. Imagining the smell of hamburgers on the grill, biting into fresh watermelon and eating creamy potato salad is enough to get anyone’s taste buds going. But whether you’re the grill master or the picnic food enthusiast, the one thing that can ruin any summer outing is a case of food poisoning.\nFood poisoning is a common problem for millions of people each year, in both the U.S. and around the world, and is the result of eating or drinking bacteria-contaminated food or water.\nFood Poisoning Symptoms\nSymptoms range from mild to severe and commonly include:\n\nAbdominal cramps\nDiarrhea (may be bloody)\nFever and chills\nHeadache\nNausea and vomiting\nWeakness\n\nIn the unfortunate case you have food poisoning, what should you do? Most cases of food poisoning can be treated at home and last only a few days. Things you can do to alleviate symptoms are:\n\nDrink water to replenish your body of lost fluids and electrolytes.\nYou could purchase oral rehydration powder from a pharmacy – or make it at home by mixing:\n\n\u00bd teaspoon of salt\n\u00bd teaspoon of baking soda\n4 tablespoons of sugar\n4 \u00bd cups of water\n\n\nTry eating bland foods that are easy on the stomach, such as saltines, bananas, and rice.\nGet plenty of rest.\n\nIf symptoms last more than a few days or become worse over time, you should contact a doctor. Also, if you are unable to keep down fluids and become dehydrated, you might have to be given fluids intravenously. So before you lay out a picnic blanket or fire up the grill, keep in mind these safety tips for your next summer cook-out:\n\nWash your hands before preparing any food.\nClean utensils, cutting boards and other tools after they touch raw meat.\nDo not leave cold foods (like summer food must-haves potato salad and coleslaw) out of the refrigerator for too long.\nCook meat, especially poultry, well enough to kill bacteria.\nThoroughly wash raw fruits and vegetables before eating.