Stay Poison Safe This Holiday Season
During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is easy to overlook unsuspecting items in the home that could pose a real hazard. To help ensure that your holiday season is safe and merry, stay aware of some of the following potential hazards.
Decorations-Glass camdle lamps filled with liquid fuels can be very dangerous if swallowed. Be sure to keep products in their original container and out of children's reach. The pressurized containers of snow spray may cause eye damage if sprayed directly into the eye. As with all products, follow the warning labels and directions on the container.
Food-Make sure all meats are throughly cooked and do not use the same plate before cooking and after cooking to avoid cross-contamination. Keep hot food hot and cold food cold. If food is left at room temperature for a long period, discard all food that would require refrigeration.
Alcohol-Alcohol can be very dangerous to children, as well as to pets. Keep all alcohol products out of children and pet's reach. Clean up all alcohol immediately following dinner or parties. Be careful mixing alcohol with medications.
Toys-Always stay up-to-date on toy recalls and toys containing unsafe chemicals. Do not allow children to play with button batteries or tiems whose batteries are easily accessible. High-powered magnets can also have devastating consequences if swallowed.
The medical experts at the West Virginia Poison Center are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, even on holidays, to answer calls about poison emergencies and poison questions.