Seasonal tips to avoid poisonings
The passing of Mother’s Day often marks the beginning of the outdoor season for many West Virginians. People are anxious to get outside to work on their homes and gardens or host outdoor celebrations.
Unfortunately, the warmer weather brings a new round of seasonal poison hazards. The West Virginia Poison Center offers the following tips to help stay poison safe.
Keep all cleaning products in their original, labeled containers.
Never mix cleaning products. When mixed, products can produce toxic fumes.
Do not leave cleaning products unattended, especially around children or pets.
Lawn and Garden
Know the name of all plants around the home. If a plant name is not known, check with a local greenhouse or florist for help with identification.
Check with the West Virginia Poison Center to find out if a plant is poisonous.
If there are poisonous plants around the home, consider removing them and replacing with non-toxic plants.
Do not assume plants, berries, or mushrooms are safe because birds or wildlife eat them. Teach children never to put any part of a plant, berry, or mushroom in their mouth unless it has been identified as non-toxic.
Always keep lawn chemicals in their original, labeled containers.
Follow all directions for proper use of lawn chemicals.
Store lighter fluid and lamp oil in original containers, out of reach of children. Lamp oil can look like apple juice and is often sold in containers that look like juice containers.
To prevent accidental poisonings, do not use drinking cups to transfer lighter fluid or lamp oil.
To avoid food poisoning, keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
Keep alcoholic drinks out of reach of children and pets.
Poisoned? Not Sure? Call the medical experts at the West Virginia Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.
Save the number in the cell phone to have available wherever the warmer weather may lead.
The West Virginia Poison Center provides comprehensive emergency poison information, prevention and educational resources to West Virginians 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
The WVPC is staffed by nurses, pharmacists and physicians with special training in treatment of poisonings. Located in Charleston, the WVPC is a part of the West Virginia University-Charleston Division. Toll-free:1-800-222-1222. Visit www.wvpoisoncen-ter.org.