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Source: Hudson Reporter

Sunburn, unsafe swimming and sweltering temperatures should not be the only concerns when heading to the pool on a bright sunny day.

Summer days should be spent outdoors enjoying the sunshine and warm weather not inside the emergency department of your local hospital. From common household items to poisonous plants to heat-related illness, poisonings happen anywhere, anytime and to anyone.

If you are swimming in a heated indoor pool, be cautious of how you are feeling. People die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning from faulty indoor pool heaters.

Use caution while being in the sun – some medications can greatly increase the risk for heat-related illness and/or severe sunburn even when using sunscreen.

Cooked foods should not be placed on plates or in containers that previously held raw meat, poultry, fish, or seafood without washing them with soap and water first.

Never use a grill indoors (including a garage, shed, camper, tent, etc.)

Use EPA approved insect repellent (DEET at least 20 percent or more) to prevent the spread of disease from mosquitoes and ticks (Zika Virus, Lyme Disease, and West Nile Virus).

Do not pick plants/mushrooms to eat from your backyard or fields. Many people suffer serious health effects and even die each year from mushroom poisoning.

Clean up immediately after parties. Cigarette butts, alcohol and liquid nicotine can be dangerous to both children and pets. It does not take much for them to get very sick.

“As your family enjoys the summer, I want you to be proactive,” says Dr. Diane P. Calello, director of the NJ Poison Control Center at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Department of Emergency Medicine. “The state poison control center will be here to respond to your calls if you need our help.”

Every minute counts in poisoning situations so do not guess! Make the call immediately to the NJ Poison Control Center, 1-800-222-1222.

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