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Holiday Safety Tips

Posted: November 15, 2023

Holidays are exciting yet hectic times. Some festive items or products, like seasonal plants and evergreens, heirloom ornaments, and alcoholic beverages are potentially dangerous for young children. These safety tips can help keep the holidays safe and joyful. Food Preparations:… Read More

Back to School Safety for Pets

Posted: August 4, 2023

While family pets and furry friends may not be going back to school in the fall, they are important to consider in back-to-school safety. Many common foods are potentially toxic to pets at home, especially pet dogs. These foods include… Read More

Back to School Safety for Teachers

Posted: August 4, 2023

Teachers can play a vital role in preventing poison exposures in the classroom. Here are some quick tips to help protect your students: Clean Hands, Happy Hearts: It is imperative that students and staff adhere to school procedures and engage… Read More

Back to School Safety for Students

Posted: August 4, 2023

In addition to getting your child ready to go back to school with the usual gathering of school supplies and new shoe shopping, teach them these basic back-to-school prevention tips! Playground poison safety: The poison center sometimes receives calls about… Read More

UV Rays and Sunscreen

Posted: May 14, 2023

Spending time outside is a great way to be physically active, reduce stress, and get vitamin D. You can work and play outside without raising your skin cancer risk by protecting your skin from the sun. Most skin cancers are… Read More

Household Cleaners and Disinfectants

Posted: May 14, 2023

Household cleaners and disinfectants contain powerful ingredients to clean our environments and keep our homes healthy. These products should be handled with care to prevent exposure to fumes, spills and splashes, and accidental ingestion. Safe storage and handling of household… Read More

Creatine and Caffeine

Posted: May 14, 2023

Creatine and caffeine are two of the most used performance enhancing substances. Creatine is produced naturally by our body, and it is also found in protein-containing foods such as meat and fish. Creatine increases the energy that our muscles can… Read More

Sssrping is for Sssnakes

Posted: February 15, 2023

April showers don’t only bring May flowers—snakes come out of hibernation in the Spring. They are most active between the months of April and October. There are seven types of venomous snakes that inhabit the state of Georgia: the Timber… Read More

Generating Power and Safety

Posted: February 15, 2023

The start of Spring and Summer seasons means thunderstorms are brewing. When a bad thunderstorm causes a power outage, you may rely on a generator to power your home. Generators are great, generally safe tools when used correctly, but if… Read More

Safe Spring Cleaning

Posted: February 15, 2023

Spring has sprung, which means it’s time for spring cleaning! Many household cleaning products contain ingredients that are dangerous if accidentally ingested. Specifically, products that contain acids can cause injury to the throat and stomach if swallowed. Common cleaning products… Read More

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Posted: January 30, 2023

Situation:  Carbon monoxide poisoning associated with hookah use and preparation In recent months, the Georgia Poison Center has been notified of two cases of carbon monoxide poisoning among hookah lounge employees.   Background:  How can carbon monoxide poisoning result from… Read More

How to Keep the “Happy” in your Holiday Season: Holiday Plants

Posted: October 3, 2022

One of the most recognizable signs of the holidays is the plant Euphorbia pulcherrima, or commonly known as “poinsettia” (pictured on the left). The poinsettia derives its name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States (US) Minister to Mexico,… Read More

How to Keep the “Happy” in your Holiday Season: Food Poisoning

Posted: October 3, 2022

If you and your family are preparing a turkey for thanksgiving or a holiday meal, it is important to know that turkey and its juice can be contaminated with germs that can make you and your family sick (e.g., Salmonella, Clostridium… Read More

How to Keep the “Happy” in your Holiday Season: Alcohol

Posted: October 3, 2022

The autumn and holiday season is often accompanied by an assortment of food and drinks, including a variety of festive alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic drinks may have pretty colors or be mixed with ice cream, making these beverages more appealing to… Read More

Back To School Poison Prevention Tips

Posted: July 20, 2022

Schools are almost back in session. Parents should remind their young children that markers, crayons, glue, glitter, and other school supplies belong on paper, not in their mouths. Your children should always be supervised when using supplies because they can… Read More

Pesticides & Gardening Products

Posted: July 18, 2022

Pesticides and lawn products constitute one of the most dangerous summer related potential exposures. Taking care of our lawns and gardens is something many of us take pride in. However, it’s important to keep in mind the potential dangers of… Read More

Bubble Blowing Solution

Posted: July 18, 2022

Summer time is the best time for bubble machines and wands. This classic summer toy is considered minimally toxic. While the soap solution is unlikely to cause significant problems it can upset the stomach causing vomiting or diarrhea and loose… Read More

Sidewalk Chalk

Posted: July 18, 2022

Most ingestions regarding chalk are related to children and pets eating it. The bright colors and playful environment tempts them to eat small amounts of either sidewalk color chalk or white blackboard chalk. Both kinds of chalk are made from… Read More

Tiki Torch Fuel, Lighter Fluid, and Lamp Oil

Posted: July 18, 2022

Tiki torch lighter fluid and lamp oils are all generally chemicals that fall under a class of materials called hydrocarbons. When ingested, if they make it into the stomach, hydrocarbons are generally not dangerous in small quantities. However, large quantities… Read More

One Pill Could Kill – Clonidine

Posted: April 11, 2022

This medication is generally used alone or in combination with other medications to lower blood pressure, treat ADHD, or manage symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Via certain pathways this medication lowers the strength of the out flowing signal from the brain… Read More