Safety Issues


Accidental poisonings often occur when daily household routines become disrupted, as it usually is during the holidays. Take a few minutes to poison-proof your home and prevent accidental poisonings. If poisoning does occur, immediately call the Maryland Poison Control Center at 1-800-492-2414. You can also get poison prevention materials by calling 1-410-706-8122.



Turkey that is not thawed or cooked properly can ruin a happy holiday. Vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps occurring 2-24 hours after eating may be symptoms of food poisoning. Most food poisonings are self-limiting, requiring little treatment beyond drinking plenty of fluids. If symptoms persist or are severe, contact your family physician. The home economist at your county's Extension Office can provide information about proper preparation and food storage.




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