Poison Control Officials Offer Tips to Keep the Holidays Safe


With the number of child-related poisoning incidents increasing over the holiday season, the Nebraska Regional Poison Center is giving parents some helpful tips to keep their children safe.

They recommend advising guests to keep medications up out of reach of the children. According to Poison Center officials, over 50 percent of the calls that come in involve medications.

Additionally, officials say it is important to use caution when choosing children's holiday gifts. Items that contain disc batteries are a choking hazard and toys that contain magnets are not advisable for small children.

Be sure to clean up immediately after holiday parties as there may be alcohol or cigarette butts within reach of inquisitive children.

Some holiday decor may be hazardous to children as well:

  • Lamp oil or other fragrance oils may be used during this time of year and if ingested, could send small children to the hospital with vomiting and seizures.
  • Holiday plants can lead to illness as well, which is why officials advise keeping children away from plants such as mistletoe, holly berries, yew plants and poinsettias.
  • Icicles and tinsel can be a choking hazard for children and fake snow spray can be dangerous coming out of a pressurized container.

Following these tips will help make your home safer over the holidays, but officials advise keeping the phone number for the Nebraska Regional Poison Center programmed into the phone; the number is 1-800-222-1222.

If an individual suspects a poisoning has occurred, officials say they should contact the poison center or family physician before attempting any emergency treatment.