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Holiday Hazards

The holidays are a magical time of year, but distractions can occur and poisonings are possible. The onset of winter brings warm family gatherings but unfortunately cough and cold season as well. Consequently, there may be more medicines in the home than at other times of the year making it more accessible. The Nebraska Regional Poison Center offers these tips for holiday safety:

  • Keep hazardous plants, decorations, and gifts out of reach of small children or pets.
  • Clean up immediately following all holiday parties so that alcohol is not within reach of young children.
  • Alcohol is found also in perfumes and colognes
  • Disc batteries may be found in toys, games and musical greeting cards. If swallowed they can become lodged in the throat.
  • Keep all medicines in a locked location.
  • Write times down when medication is taken/given to avoid double dosing.
  • Be sure to turn the lights on at night to ensure correct use of the medicine.
  • Remember, prevention is the best treatment for poisonings.

The Nebraska Regional Poison Center wishes you a happy and safe holiday season. Registered Nurses and Pharmacists are available to take your call 24/7/365.