Poison Prevention

Safe Summer Travel

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Can you believe summer is almost over? If you are planning one more vacation before summer ends, you’ll want to read these tips for safe summer travel.

Poison emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, even on vacation. For example:

  • It’s easy to make mistakes with medicine when you travel. Always secure your medicine and cosmetics in your luggage, and, if possible, use travel-sized products with the original labeling. If someone takes the wrong medicine or if a child gets into it, call 1-800-222-1222. The expert who answers your call will be able to tell you if you need medical help.
  • Snakes, bugs and jelly fish get more active in the summer. Teach children always to ask before touching new bugs or creatures. Your local poison center will know which species are harmful and can talk you through important steps to reduce pain and swelling and to prevent serious harm.
  • Travel and eating go hand-in-hand. But if food stands above 40 degrees F, bacteria can grow and cause serious food poisoning. If you think you’re sick from something you ate, your poison center can give immediate advice and let you know when (and if) it’s time to seek emergency care.
  • Too much sun! Prevention is key — always cover up and use plenty of sunscreen. Just don’t let the kids taste it!

Before you leave on your trip, program your cell phone with the nationwide toll-free poison help line: 1-800-222-1222. The free, confidential service connects you with medical professionals at your local poison center 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Do you have some travel poison prevention tips to share? Click on the comment link above. We’d love to hear them!

In the meantime, stay safe and stay healthy! Happy travels!

— Contributed by Wendy Stephan; Educator; Florida Poison Information Center — Miami

The American Association of Poison Control Centers supports the nation’s 57 poison centers in their efforts to prevent and treat poison exposures. Poison centers offer free, private, expert medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We take calls in more than 150 languages and from the hearing impaired.

For questions about poison or if you think someone has been exposed to a poison, call 1-800-222-1222 to reach your local poison center.

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