The holiday season is here, and parents have been cooking up lots of questions about food safety. Let me see if I can provide a few safe ingredients on this topic. First, nothing ends a joyous holiday visit with friends and family quite like food poisoning. When it comes to preparing or serving food for […]

Summer is here and many Vermonters will spend more time outside. During the warmer months, the Northern New England Poison Center manages many calls about pesticides, such as insect repellants, also known as bug spray. Bug Spray Bug sprays with DEET are effective at preventing bites from mosquitos, ticks, and other pests. They help you avoid pain and […]

It’s that time of year for outside picnics and barbeques – but, beware: don’t allow uninvited guests to your picnic table. These guests could include bacteria, viruses, parasites, or toxins, resulting in food poisoning. Food poisoning is caused by eating spoiled or contaminated food. Contamination can occur if food is incorrectly handled or cooked. The most […]

With summer here, I find myself getting grilled by families about safety precautions they should be taking when they barbecue outside. Well, I don’t want any backyard fireworks to occur, so let me provide some information on this topic. Keep distance between your child and the grill First, keep your children away from a grill […]

Thanksgiving is tomorrow! Many parents thank me for the safety tips I provide throughout the year. Yet few parents are aware of the safety issues surrounding Thanksgiving. Let me provide a few tips for everyone to gobble down. Home Safety If you are visiting someone else’s home for the holidays, make sure that the home […]

During the holidays most people plan to call distant family and friends — not their poison center. Yet, poisonings can happen because of changes in routine and increased distractions caused by the festivities. Alcohol and tobacco products may be left within easy reach. Visitors’ suitcases and purses, which sometimes contain medicine and other toxic substances, may be […]

One in six Americans could get sick from food poisoning this year. Before you set out for your next picnic or barbecue, be aware of potential food-related poisonings. During the summer months, foodborne illnesses are on the rise. Bacteria and viruses are the most common cause of food poisoning. Food poisoning is an illness caused […]