“What do you get when you cross a four-leaf clover with poison ivy?” Well, the answer might be a rash of good luck; that is, if you consider getting a rash from a plant good luck?
It takes more than a little Irish luck to stay safe from poisonings. Contact the Northern New England Poison Center to learn about which plants could be potentially poisonous to yourself and your pets. As National Poison Prevention Week approaches (March 20-26), protect your pot of gold all year by learning how to keep your family safe. Program the Poison Center number into your phone today: 1-800-222-1222.
To prevent plant poisonings:
- Identify your plants. You can take a piece to a local greenhouse, garden center, nursery or agricultural extension office.
- Get rid of harmful plants or keep them out of the reach of children.
- Teach children to ask before touching or eating plants, berries, or mushrooms.
- Do not eat plants, berries or mushrooms that you find outside unless you are sure you know what they are. Examples include blueberries, strawberries, and vegetables from the garden.
The Northern New England Poison Center is free and confidential and open 24/7. Call 1-800-222-1222 or visit them online via chat or text at www.nnepc.org to talk with an expert.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from the Northern New England Poison Center.