Summer Poisoning Prevention Tips
The month of May kicks off the with warm weather and Memorial day. Here are some summer prevention tips to keep you and your family safe!
Plants: Don't eat it unless you are certain you know that plant! Plant look-alikes can fool the best of us. For example, wild carrots or parsnips resemble hemlock.
Mushrooms: Avoid wild mushrooms. Get your mushrooms from the market. Only experts can tell the poisonous ones from the safe ones. The most toxic mushrooms, called "death caps" (Amanita species) may be growing in your own yard. Just a few bites can cause fatal liver damage.
Poison Ivy: Keep poison ivy out of your camp fire! The smoke from burning poison ivy contains the toxic oils, causing blisters inside your nose, throat and airways.
Snakes: Bitten by a snake? Avoid tourniquets and suction. Seek immediate medical attention & call poison control for guidance.
Barbecue safety: Charcoal lighter fluid is dangerous if swallowed. It easily seeps into the lungs and can cause a severe pneumonia. Keep lighter fluid and other hydrocarbons (gasoline, kerosene, paint thinner, lamp oil, baby oil, furniture polish) away from kids!
Alcohol: Keep the alcoholic drinks away from children! Alcohol causes a child's blood sugar to drop, leading to seizures, coma and even death.
Picnic safety: Keep cold foods cold, in a cooler and in the shade. Do not consume perishable foods that have been left out for more than two hours - or more than one hour if the temperature is over 90 °F.
Most importantly, put the poison control number (1-800-222-1222, U.S. only) in your phone.
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