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POISON CENTRE INFORMATION

Plant ingestion is a major cause of poisoning in children under the age of six. Children are not the only victims: adults, pets and even farm animals also suffer the consequences of toxic plant ingestion.


To prevent such accidents, everyone should be aware of the potential dangers of indoor and outdoor plants.


  • Identify all the plants in and around your home. Know the common and botanical name. Your local landscape or garden centre can help.
  • Label each plant with its botanical name. You may want to write the name on tape and attach it to the bottom of the pot. For the yard, make a map of the area, including the name and location of each plant, bush and tree.
  • Never eat any part of an unknown plant or mushroom. Teach children never to put leaves, flowers, seeds, nuts, bark or berries in their mouth without checking with an adult first.
  • Do not assume that a plant is not poisonous because birds or other wildlife eat it.

If exposed to a poisonous plant, follow these steps:


    Mouth
  • Remove any remaining portion of the plant, berry or mushroom. Save the rest of the leaf, stem, branch, or berry to help identify the plant.
  • Have the person rinse out his mouth with water.
  • Check for any irritation, swelling or discoloration.
  • Call your nearest Poison Centre.
    Skin
  • A few plants may cause irritation, itching and/or rash to the skin. To prevent further irritation, remove contaminated clothing and wash skin well with soap and water.
  • Call your nearest Poison Centre.
    Eyes
  • Wash hands with soap and water to avoid further irritation to the eye.
  • Rinse eye well with lukewarm tap water for 15 minutes. If possible, this is best done in the shower.
  • Call your nearest Poison Centre.

Contact your local poison centre:

1-902-470-8161Halifax Regional Municipality

1-800-565-8161Nova Scotia and P.E.I

911New Brunswick (TeleCare)

1-800-463-5060Quebec

1-800-268-9017Ontario

1-204-787-2591Manitoba

1-800-332-1414Alberta

1-866-454-1212Saskatchewan

1-800-567-8911British Columbia


1-800-222-1222Continental United States

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