Seasonal Tips and Resources:
Here's some information to help you keep you and your family safe during the summer season:
- Toxic Plant List and Information
- Summer Poison Prevention Tips
- Summer Poison Prevention (pamphlet: English and Spanish)
- Uh Oh! I shouldn’t have put that…in my mouth! (part 3 of 3 re: pediatric summertime ingestions!)
- Uh Oh! I shouldn’t have put that…in my mouth! (part 2 of 3 re: beverage container mishaps!)
- My Favorite (poisonous) Fruit
- Water-Related Illness: Chemicals and Germs in the Pool
- A bug has been swallowed…
- The Do's and Don’ts for Spiders that BITE!
- Mosquitoes, ticks and biting insects, OH MY!
- “My Child Ate… Nature!”
- Watch Out for Those Scary Berries!
- Native to Illinois, Jimson Weed is highly toxic and in season
- Don't Touch! A Scientist's Advice For Spotting Poison Ivy Before It Ruins Your Summer
- The Gardener’s Guide to Poison Prevention
- Babysitters & Nannies: Things to know before the parents go
- To Flush or Not to Flush: How to Properly Dispose of Your Medications
- My Child Ate... (variety of substances: poop, toothpaste, glow stick, diaper rash cream, tobacco, makeup, soap, etc.)
- Animal Poison Prevention Tips
- A Day in the Life of a Poison Center
- Top 10 Totally Toxic Mistakes
- Top 5 things IPC specialists want you to know before you call
- The Top 5 Most Toxic Substances in Your House
- Top 5 Things You Didn’t Think Could be Poisonous to Children
- First Aid For Poisonings
- FREE! Poison Prevention Education and Resources
- FREE! Continuing Education Credit (CECs)
- Complimentary Safety Packet (includes stickers, magnet and first aid recommendations)
- IPC Blog (information on a variety of substances and issues)
Home Safety Tips
- Post the Illinois Poison Center number (1-800-222-1222) in/on/near your telephone(s). Better yet, save the number to your cell phone(s)
- Always read the directions before using household cleaners and hazardous chemicals. Be sure to always wear proper safety gear
- Store chemicals and cleaning products in a separate area, away from food and beverages
- Know the names of the plants located in and around the home (more plant info)
- Install carbon monoxide detectors in the home (more carbon monoxide info)
- Check your house for peeling paint, paint dust and chips (more lead info)
- Properly dispose of old and unused medications. Find drop-off locations in your area
- As always, don’t hesitate to contact the Poison Center if you have a question and/or need treatment recommendations. No issue too big or small…just call 1-800-222-1222!
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