Category Archives: Poison Prevention

Is it safe to use Orajel or Anbesol for teething?

The FDA has strengthened its warnings about benzocaine, a medication used to numb pain that is included in some over-the-counter teething products. Though it’s rare, swallowing benzocaine can cause a … Continue reading

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Brushing up on fluoride for kids and adults

What are the benefits of fluoride? Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can help prevent tooth decay by strengthening the enamel of your teeth. It is added to most … Continue reading

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Why you should keep products in their original containers

“Keep products in their original containers.” Whether it’s a medication, a cleaner or an automotive product, this is one of our top tips for preventing poisonings, because mistakes are easy … Continue reading

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Stay safe this Halloween

Jack-O’-Lantern by William Warby. Creative Commons. For many of us October means Halloween—picking out costumes, carving pumpkins, and maybe dipping into the candy stash a little too early! While a … Continue reading

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Make poison prevention part of your emergency preparedness plan

The right preparation can help you get through an emergency. For a poisoning, that includes having the poison center help line, 1-800-222-1222 saved in your phone. For other emergencies, such … Continue reading

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How to use bug spray safely

Summer is here and many of us in northern New England will be spending more time outside. It’s a busy time for everyone, including the Northern New England Poison Center. … Continue reading

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Fiddleheads: How to safely enjoy a seasonal treat

There is a rich tradition of foraging for fiddleheads in northern New England. These wild-growing ferns can be a tasty treat, as long as you take care when harvesting and … Continue reading

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Three ways you can help prevent poisonings: Safe use, safe storage, safe disposal

Most poisonings that happen at home involve products like medications and cleaners. Following three basic principles when it comes to medications and household products can help you prevent poisonings and … Continue reading

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Are your art supplies toxic? Look for the ACMI seal

Have you ever walked into a room to find a child’s face covered in marker ink? Fortunately, most common kids’ art supplies are nontoxic, and a quick call to the … Continue reading

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Eyes, nose, mouth, skin: Four ways poisons can enter the body

Many substances can be irritating to the eyes, and the poison center can help. Call 1-800-222-1222. When you hear the word poisoning, what comes to mind? Is it a young … Continue reading

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