Four Seasons 3 - Poisoning Hazards For Spring

Four Seasons 3 - Poisoning Hazards For Spring

After a long cold winter, many people begin their spring cleaning. Spring is also the time when new plants and mushrooms begin to grow and when people start preparing and planting vegetable and flower gardens. The arrival of warmer weather means children playing outdoors and they may be more difficult to supervise.

Spring Cleaning
Painting
Gardens
Spring Festivities
Medication

Spring Cleaning

Many household chemicals are used in spring cleaning including bleaches, disinfectants, floor and tile cleaners, and glass cleaners. Many are potentially dangerous if ingested or splashed onto skin or into the eyes.


Painting

With spring many people brighten up the paint work around their houses. Some painting products such as oil based paints, paint thinners, and turpentine can be harmful. Old homes may have lead based paint, and sanding can lead to inhalation of lead dust by family members.


Gardens

Spring means lots of growth in the garden, planting and preparing. Poisonous plants, fertilisers, herbicides, insecticides and fuel for lawn-mowers present common hazards to children, pets, and wildlife.


Spring Festivities

At spring events glow sticks/bangles/necklaces are popular with children. Sometimes these products break and children will get the liquid on their skin, in their eyes or mouth. It is not very harmful but may cause stinging and burning to the eyes and skin and if swallowed it may cause an upset stomach.

Guy Fawkes Night is a spring event where poisoning can occur. Certain fireworks contain chlorates, which can cause the blood to be unable to carry oxygen. If eaten, these fireworks can be very dangerous in children.


Medication

In spring many people develop hay fever (sneezing, runny nose and itching eyes) from the pollen of all the new flowers. People suffering from hay fever use medications such as antihistamines to control these symptoms.



Related Resources
National Poisons Centre: Poisonous Plants in New Zealand - A National Poisons Centre brochure detailing poisonous plant information as well as first aid and prevention information
Plants That Poison - A New Zealand Guide - A colourful, informative and easy-to-use book every NZ home should have
Poisonous Mushrooms associated with trees in NZ - A poster of poisonous mushrooms that are associated with trees in New Zealand.
Prevent Poisoning: Keeping Children Safe From Poisons - A brochure on general poisoning prevention information including home safety tips
Some poisonous mushrooms found in open places - A poster of poisonous mushrooms that are found in open places in New Zealand.