Category Archives: Poison Prevention

Stay safe this Halloween

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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

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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

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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

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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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Are your art supplies toxic? Look for the ACMI seal

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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

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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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Avoid poisonings when using flea treatments

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Fleas: It’s a word no pet owner wants to hear. These little insects can cause your dog or cat lots of itching and scratching, and sometimes other health problems, such … Continue reading

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Watch out for brown-tail moth caterpillars

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Brown-tail moth caterpillar photo via the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Brown-tail moth caterpillars are out in force in parts of Maine, particularly along the coast, and will … Continue reading

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Get expert advice in minutes, 24/7

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If you have ever had to take a young child to the emergency room, you know that the process can feel like an eternity—driving to the hospital while worrying if … Continue reading

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Time to clean out old medications and hazardous waste

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While you’re giving your home a thorough spring cleaning, it’s a good time to get rid of things you no longer need, like old medications. In fact, there is a … Continue reading

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