Four Seasons 4 - Poisoning Hazards for Summer

Four Seasons 4 - Poisoning Hazards for Summer

Summertime means warm weather, school holidays, parties and events. These changes in your household routine can lead to an increase in poison hazards for children. Enjoy the weather, but remember to stay safe this summer by taking a few extra precautions.

Insects
Swimming and Spa Pool Chemicals
At the Beach
Camping and Bushwalks
BBQs, Parties and Events
In the Sunshine

Insects

Bees, wasps, ants, and spiders become more active in summer. Spiders like to hide in firewood piles, under rocks/debris, and other dark places.


Insect repellents are invaluable to ward off annoying insects. The most common ingredient in repellents is diethyltoluamide (DEET).


Swimming and Spa Pool Chemicals

Swimming pools are a great way to cool off in the summer but many chemicals used to treat the water can be dangerous causing burns and breathing difficulties.


At the Beach

Cant afford a swimming pool? The beach is great fun but also presents some hazards. Venomous marine animals such as jellyfish, stingrays, or sea anemones can lead to injuries or stings including puncture wounds, pain, and can even make a person seriously ill.


Camping and Bushwalks

Camping and bushwalks are fun and educational for the whole family but some hikes may have dangerous plants along the way. Skin contact with stinging nettle or Rhus trees can lead to intense pain, redness, itching and inflammation. Extensive contact can lead to vomiting, loss of co-ordination, respiratory difficulties, or even paralysis.


BBQs, Parties and Events

Outdoor barbecues are a popular summer activity for New Zealanders. Alcohol and tobacco poisoning is common in children, as they are curious and will ingest drinks and cigarettes left lying round. This incidence increases during the party season.


In the Sunshine

It is important to slip, slop, slap, and wrap during the summer months. Sunscreens ingested by children can lead to upset stomachs with vomiting and diarrhoea.


Forgot to use sunscreen and now sunburnt? Many products which relieve sunburn contain local anaesthetics which, if ingested, can lead to serious poisoning in a child.