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Plants are everywhere. Young children are attracted to their lush leaves and bright berries. Some plants can be dangerous, even deadly. If you suspect a poisoning, call the Poison Helpline right away, do not wait for symptoms to appear. Our specialists can provide immediate assistance and answer your questions about outdoor and indoor plants.
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Plant Safety/Poison Prevention
- Keep plants, seeds, berries and bulbs stored safely away from children and pets.
- Stems, berries and leaves can be a choking hazard for children.
- Know the plants in your area, home and yard.
- Your local greenhouse, nursery, local garden club or florist may be able to help identify plants.
- Label potted plants. When purchasing new plants keep the tags for future reference.
- Teach your children at an early age to keep plants, berries, flowers or mushrooms out of their mouths.
- Do not eat wild plants. Heating and cooking do not always destroy plant poisons.
- Remove all mushrooms from your yard.
- Do not allow children to suck on flowers or to make "tea" with plants and flowers.
- Never chew on jewelry made from seeds or beans.
- Do not make "hot dog roasting" sticks or toys from unknown bushes.
- Avoid smoke from burning plants unless you know their exact identification.
- Be especially cautious after spraying the yard or flowerbeds with a pesticide.
After an Exposure
- Save any remaining pieces of the plant or mushroom for identification.
- Save mushroom pieces in a brown paper sack.
- Do not induce vomiting.
- Remove contaminated clothing and wash skin well with soap and water.
Call the Helpline right away for treatment advice.