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Posted on: December 9, 2020

Winter poison hazards

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Source: Texas Poison Center Network

There are special poisoning concerns during the winter, including carbon monoxide poisoning and car-related chemicals. Follow these important tips from Texas Poison Center Network to keep your family safe this winter:

  • Install carbon monoxide alarms outside of every sleeping area in your home. If you already have carbon monoxide alarms, check the batteries.
  • NEVER use the gas range or oven for heating, even in power failures.
  • NEVER burn coal or use charcoal in a closed space, even a garage with the door open.
  • NEVER leave an automobile motor running in a closed garage.
  • Store antifreeze and windshield washer solution in a locked cabinet, where children and pets can't get to them.

If you suspect a poisoning, call your local Texas poison center at 1.800.222.1222. If the person is unconscious, call 9-1-1 for immediate medical assistance.

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