While the vast majority of plants are harmless to humans, poisonous plants are commonly found in our homes, gardens, and public areas. Enjoy the plants in and around your home even more by knowing which plants are safe and which are harmful. Plants are pretty. They come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Children are especially attracted to plants that smell good, look colorful, have berries, and are within easy reach
Pesticides are dangerous chemicals used to kill pests. Symptoms of pesticide poisoning may include irritation of skin, eyes, and lungs, as well as muscle cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and sweating. Protect yourself from a pesticide accident by following the guidelines below:
- Read labels carefully and follow safety instructions.
- Wear protective clothing such as gloves, goggles, masks, and long sleeves/pants.
- Do not wear leather belts or shoes.
- Wash hands after contact with pesticides.
- Do not apply pesticides on a windy day.
- Keep all fertilizers and pesticides in their original containers under lock and key.
- Be careful not to spray children's toys, play gyms, sandboxes, bikes, or pet food dishes when applying pesticides.
Kids and Bugs
Remember to use only products that are approved for children, read and follow label instructions (do not apply repellent under clothing), and wash off the insect repellent when you return indoors.
First Aid for Animal Bites
Animal bites can cause infection and/or scarring. If bitten through the skin, wash the skin thoroughly and contact your physician. A heath care provider will provide a tetanus booster if needed, care for the wound, and assess the risk for rabies exposure.
The majority of rabies cases occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Domestic animals account for less than 10 percent of the reported rabies cases.
What to Wear to Prevent Tick Bites
Ticks can carry Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses. To avoid exposure to ticks, wear light-colored clothing with long sleeves buttoned at the wrist and long pants tucked into socks.
Cleaning products can be poisonous if not used correctly. Never mix chemicals especially cleaning products; they can be extremely reactive when mixed. Be sure to read and follow label instructions. Use and store cleaning supplies out of the reach of children.