Category Archives: Poison Prevention

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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Are you at risk for a medication interaction?

Do you regularly take more than one medication? The more medicine you take—including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and supplements—the more likely you are to have a medication error or a … Continue reading

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Avoid poisonings when using flea treatments

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 browntail moth caterpillars

Browntail moth caterpillar photo via the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Browntail moth caterpillars are a growing nuisance in parts of Maine, particularly along the coast, posing a … Continue reading

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