Warm weather means pretty flowers, green lawns and more time outdoors. It also means weed killers and potentially poisonous plants. While you enjoy the sunshine, keep in mind possible hazards in your lawn and garden.
Every year, IPC handles thousands of calls about potentially hazardous substances. Most common among lawn and garden exposures are:
To protect yourself and loved ones, take the simple precautions below to make your garden and lawn safe.
Poisoning from pesticides most often happens when mixing or diluting the pesticide. It also often occurs when preparing more than needed for one application. Do not store a prepared pesticide in an unmarked container for future use. Children and adults might mistake the product for something else. Always store pesticides in their original containers, which have important information on ingredients, directions for use and child-resistant cap.
Administer the following first aid treatments for any potential plant or pesticide poisoning:
IPC is here to help. Call our free, confidential helpline at 1-800-222-1222 after you have completed the needed treatment above.
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