The Holiday Season is a wonderful fun time of year but it can also be dangerous. The California Poison Control System offers 12 Holiday tips to keep you and your family safe this season.
1 — Don’t let babies chew on foil wrapping paper. It may contain lead.
2 — Holiday gifts can have flat, coin-shaped batteries. If swallowed, these can cause serious burns, choking and lead exposure. Keep all batteries away from babies, kids and pets!
3 — If using snow spray indoors be sure to open windows. Solvents in the spray cans may cause nausea,lightheadedness and headache.
4 — Poinsettias won’t kill you. Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset, but aren’t fatal.
5 — Pine needles can get stuck in the throat and cause choking in small children & pets. Keep swept up.
6 — Carbon monoxide: open chimney flues, never use stove or BBQ for indoor heat & keep outdoor generators away from windows.
7 — Holly & mistletoe berries can cause nausea, vomiting & diarrhea if eaten. Pyracantha berries are safer substitute.
8 — Lead can still be found in new and used children’s products, like toys, backpacks, lunchboxes & jewelry. Find out about product recalls & tested products at healthystuff.org
9 — Have the poison control number programmed into all phones. Call anytime, 24/7 for expert advice or questions. We’re here to help.
10 – Holiday visits from grandparents? Purses/bags attract curious kids. Be sure any medicines are put out of the reach of kids.
11 — Washing hands, counters & cutting boards with hot water & soap and washing fruits & helps prevent food poisoning.
12 — For more free weekly safety tips to cell phones, text the word TIPS or PUNTOS for Spanish to 69866.