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Minnesota Poison Control System warns of rise in methanol exposure from hand sanitizers

The Minnesota Poison Control System is echoing the recent warning issued by the FDA about the dangers of hand sanitizers containing methanol.

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National Poison Prevention Week, March 20-26

The Minnesota Poison Control System and Safe Kids Minnesota offer safety tips and practical suggestions for families.

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Food prep tips for a healthy Thanksgiving meal

Food safety tips for before and after your Thanksgiving meal from the Minnesota Poison Control System While Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather, express gratitude, and enjoy a meal together, this time of year is also associated with an increased risk of food poisoning.  America’s 55 poison centers help manage tens of thousands of…

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Cold weather increases risk for carbon monoxide poisoning

With home-heating season near, the Minnesota Poison Control System and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division remind Minnesotans that the risk of dangerous exposures to carbon monoxide (CO) increases — but these exposures can be prevented. Approximately 500 people die each year in the United States due to unintentional CO poisoning. Another 150,000 people end…

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Poison Prevention Tips for Child Safety

National Poison Prevention Week March 15 – 21 In support of National Poison Prevention Week, March 15-21, the Minnesota Poison Control System and Safe Kids Minnesota are offering simple suggestions to keep children safe. The organizations emphasize that poisonings can happen anytime, anywhere, and to anyone. The Poison Center states that about 50 percent of…

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Glow sticks: safe to wear – but not to eat!

Glow sticks, bracelets, and necklaces have become part of the Halloween experience. These toys are cheap, portable, and emit a colorful glow making them perfect to increase visibility of children while trick or treating.    A glow stick consists of a small, fragile plastic or  glass vial containing a chemical activator housed inside a larger…

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