Be prepared for spring by putting the poison control number (1-800-222-1222) in, on, or near your phone!
If you have seasonal allergies and are taking allergy medicine, make sure you aren't taking other medications with similar ingredients and store them up and away from young children. Check the label of your medications to see if they can be safely combined with other substances. Do not "double-up" on a dose, and do not take a dose sonner than you're supposed to.
Swimming Pool Chemicals
Pool chemicals can injure people when mixed together or when appropriate person protective equipment is not used when handling them. Store chemicals in their original, manufacturer's-labeled containers and protect them from heat sources and flames. Only allow those who have been trained in pool chemical safety practices to handle pool chemicals.
Bites and Stings
April and May are typically the beginning of rattlesnake season in Arizona. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, and watch where you place your unprotected hands and feet. Never handle a rattlesnake unless you have been properly trained. Wear the appropriate clothing when walking outdoors or gardening in the backyard, including sturdy boots, long pants, and thick gloves. If bitten by a rattlesnake, go to the hospital immediately. Antivenom is the only treatment!
The desert is in bloom, including many of our native poisonous plants. Teach children to avoid eating or touching wild mushrooms, berries, or plants they find outdoors. Know the names of all your plants, both indoor and outdoor. Do not assume a plant is safe because birds or wildlife eat it.
Spring cleaning means dangerously strong chemicals may be within reach. Make sure to read and follow the directions on the product label and turn on fans and open windows. Be especially careful with oven cleaners, drain openers, toilet bowl cleaners, and rust removers. These caustics burn on skin or eye contact and are among the most dangerous products found in homes. Always keep them away from children - up high and locked away! Don't mix cleaning products unless the label directs you to. Toxic gases may form. Lastly, store products in their original containers so they are not mistaken for safe food and drinks.