Yearly Archives: 2012

Water main break in Portland, Maine

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There was a water main break on the peninsula in Portland, Maine, this morning and there is a boil-water order in effect until 9:30 a.m. Thursday, December 20. If you … Continue reading

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Christmas tree decorations – Are they safe?

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Ever wonder if your Christmas tree decorations are poisonous to your pets or kids? Most likely, your ornaments are nontoxic, but if you have young children or dogs or cats, … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season to Be Poisoned

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Reaching into the poison center archives, we bring you “‘Tis the Season to Be Poisoned,” a holiday safety poem by John H. Trestrail III, R.Ph, ABAT, the former managing director … Continue reading

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Are your holiday plants poisonous to your pets?

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Earlier this week, we talked about which holiday plants are poisonous to people, but keep in mind that some things that won’t harm a person can be poisonous to your … Continue reading

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Poinsettias, amaryllises and mistletoe: Are your holiday plants poisonous?

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It’s time to deck the halls with boughs of holly. But is holly poisonous? What about other holiday plants like poinsettias and amaryllises? We often worry about our kids eating … Continue reading

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Avoid food poisoning this Thanksgiving

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USDA photo, Creative Commons. It can be very stressful cooking for a large group. What if there is not enough oven space? Or what if something is undercooked and people … Continue reading

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NNEPC on ScienceBlogs

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NNEPC Director Dr. Karen Simone was interviewed by Kim Krisberg of The Pump Handle on ScienceBlogs. Dr. Simone spoke about the importance of poison centers and the state of poison … Continue reading

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Energy drinks: Getting a buzz may be more than you bargained for

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Why do people drink energy drinks? People often drink them to stay awake and to focus on a task. In addition, these drinks have been marketed to teens and young adults with … Continue reading

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Fall safety plan: Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning

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If you are like me, it is a source of pride to wait as long as possible to turn on your furnace. This year, though, I did not wait very … Continue reading

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Take a Child Outside Week – Stay away from poisonous plants

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Discovering the outside world is one of my twin toddlers’ favorite activities. Our daily walk around the block can take five times longer than I think it should because they … Continue reading

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