Four Seasons 2 - Poisoning Hazards For Winter

Four Seasons 2 - Poisoning Hazards For Winter

Winter means shorter days and evenings spent indoors. While it is pleasant to be in a cosy environment, it is important to be aware that poisonings can still occur.

Home Heating
Medicines
Hot Packs
Antifreeze

Home Heating

LPG heaters (gas heaters) are convenient and safe to use as directed. However, if they are left on for long periods of time, or in a room which is not ventilated, they can cause poisoning. Some LPG heaters burn inefficiently, meaning they produce carbon monoxide gas, which is highly toxic.


Other forms of heating can also cause health concerns:


Medicines

Winter means colds and flus and associated use of cold and flu preparations. When used as directed, these preparations are safe and effective. However when over- used or used in combination there is a risk of toxicity occurring.


Heat Packs

Portable heating pads are a popular winter aid that can be carried in pockets to provide a small heat source in the colder weather.


Antifreeze

This common motoring additive is useful in the winter months to ensure the radiator water does not freeze. Antifreeze can cause serious toxicity even in very small amounts.



Related Resources
Plants That Poison - A New Zealand Guide - A colourful, informative and easy-to-use book every NZ home should have
Prevent Poisoning: Keeping Children Safe From Poisons - A brochure on general poisoning prevention information including home safety tips