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July 4th Celebrations: Be Poison Safe


The West Virginia Poison Center offers these poison safety tips during Fourth of July celebrations:

  • Although glow sticks and jewelry are not usually a problem, discourage children and pets from biting on them with their teeth. Leaking fluid can irritate the skin, eye, or stomach. 
  • While the biggest danger from fireworks is burns, some fireworks can be poisonous if ingested. Keep fireworks out of reach of small children and pets. 
  • Lighter fluid for barbeques or fire pits and lamp oil refills for tiki torches can cause serious injury or death if any gets into the lungs after swallowing. Unfortunately, tiki torch fuel can look like apple juice and is often sold in containers that look like juice containers. To prevent accidental poisonings, do not use drinking cups to transfer lighter fluid. Always keep these products in their original container and away from children. 
  • To avoid food poisoning during the warm weather gatherings, keep hot food hot and cold foods cold. 
  • Save our number (1-800-222-1222) in your cell phone to have available wherever your festivities may be.