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Common Poisons Around the Garden

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Top 10 Poisonous Plants of New Zealand

What are New Zealand's top poisonous plants?Some of the most toxic, and most common poisonous plants...

General Advice for Plants Exposures

There are many plants in the garden, some poisonous some not. A few simple hints will help us enjoy ...

Spiders in New Zealand

New Zealand has numerous species of spiders, however only two species are known to be venomous.

T...

Four Seasons 3 - Poisoning Hazards For Spring

After a long cold winter, many people begin their spring cleaning. Spring is also the time when new ...

Swan Plants - Educational Or Harmful?

The swan plant is home to the Monarch caterpillar, and children are enthralled to see the butterfly ...

Poisonous Mushrooms In New Zealand

There are many different species of poisonous mushrooms in New Zealand and many poisonous mushrooms ...

Four Seasons 1 - Poisoning Hazards For Autumn

As summer fades into autumn, the change in the weather can signal a change in potential hazards both...

Common Poisons Around the Home

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Preventing Poisoning In The Home

A few basic fact and hints regarding preventing poisoning with medicines and chemicals around the ho...

The Things Children Swallow – Problems with Foreign Objects

Some objects are just not meant to be swallowed. What types of objects do children swallow? What mak...

My House is Poison-Proofed! – Kitchen & Household Products

Print off & complete this checklist in order to ensure that your kitchen and household products are ...

Four Seasons 3 - Poisoning Hazards For Spring

After a long cold winter, many people begin their spring cleaning. Spring is also the time when new ...

My House is Poison-Proofed! – Bathroom & Medicines

Print off & complete this checklist in order to ensure that your bathroom and medicines are "poison-...

My House is Poison-Proofed! – Laundry & Bleaches/Cleaners

Print off & complete this checklist in order to ensure that your laundry & bleaches/cleaners are "po...

My House is Poison-Proofed! – The Garden Shed & Chemicals

Print off & complete this checklist in order to ensure that your garage/garden shed & chemicals are ...

Mercury Spills

Follow this advice to avoid toxicity resulting from incorrect clean up of small mercury spills from ...

Household Cleaners - A Poison Common in Every Home

There are many household cleaners in every home, some poisonous some not. A few simple hints will he...

Dishwasher Powders - A Corrosive Poison We Use Every Day

Many households have a dishwasher, which may use powder or tablets. These agents are often highly al...

Common Poisons Around The Home

There are many poisons around the home. Below are some of the most common poisons encountered every ...

Paracetamol – A Useful Medicine and Common Poison

Paracetamol is one of the most common substances involved in childhood poisoning. It is found in mos...

Clean Up of Energy Saving Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

What is the risk from mercury contained in these new compact fluorescent light bulbs (energy saving ...

Four Seasons 2 - Poisoning Hazards For Winter

Winter means shorter days and evenings spent indoors. While it is pleasant to be in a cosy environme...

Four Seasons 1 - Poisoning Hazards For Autumn

As summer fades into autumn, the change in the weather can signal a change in potential hazards both...

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

When wood, petrol, or natural gas are burned completely water and carbon dioxide are created. Howeve...

Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers

Alcohol (ethanol) and alcohol sanitizers have been used in hospitals and medical centres as alcohol ...

First Aid

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Vomiting - First Aid for Poisoning? An Incorrect Assumption

There are many old or out of date first aid methods that can actually make the situation worse ,and ...

How to Flush An Eye

If a poison gets in the eye, begin flushing immediately using the method described.
A poison centr...

Solvent Abuse: Information for Parents/Caregivers

Frequently Asked Questions for parents or carers who find themselves in the middle of a potential so...

What should I do if my child has swallowed poison?

Do not panic! Remain calm and call a poison centre as soon as possible
In most cases, children will...

Submitting SDS's to the National Poisons Centre

Safety Datasheet (SDS) Submission to

The National Poisons Centre (NPC)

New Zealand SDS legislation...

Poisoning Issues Specific to Other Family Members

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Poison Prevention for the Older Generation

Focused poison prevention tips for those who might have special medication needs or might not be so ...

BZP & Other Piperazine-Based Party Drugs

What Are They?

They are hallucinogenic stimulants and include BZP, TFMPP, MeOPP, mCPP, MBZP and PF...

Pets Get Poisoned Too

What to do should your precious pet get poisoned, some of the common things pets get into and how to...

Four Seasons 2 - Poisoning Hazards For Winter

Winter means shorter days and evenings spent indoors. While it is pleasant to be in a cosy environme...

Poisoning Issues Specific to Teenagers

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Solvent Abuse: Information for Parents/Caregivers

Frequently Asked Questions for parents or carers who find themselves in the middle of a potential so...

BZP & Other Piperazine-Based Party Drugs

What Are They?

They are hallucinogenic stimulants and include BZP, TFMPP, MeOPP, mCPP, MBZP and PF...

Four Seasons 2 - Poisoning Hazards For Winter

Winter means shorter days and evenings spent indoors. While it is pleasant to be in a cosy environme...

Synthetic Cannabinoids

What are they?

Synthetic cannabinoids (or artificial marijuana) contain analogs that act in a simi...

Poisoning Issues Specific to Young Children

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Potentially Dangerous Alternative Headlice Treatments

The NZ Poison Centre frequently receives calls regarding the use of solvents, chemicals, fly-sprays ...

The Things Children Swallow – Problems with Foreign Objects

Some objects are just not meant to be swallowed. What types of objects do children swallow? What mak...

Facts About Childhood Poisoning

Facts About Childhood Poisoning.

About 60 to 65% of calls to the New Zealand National Poisons Centr...

Four Seasons 3 - Poisoning Hazards For Spring

After a long cold winter, many people begin their spring cleaning. Spring is also the time when new ...

Swan Plants - Educational Or Harmful?

The swan plant is home to the Monarch caterpillar, and children are enthralled to see the butterfly ...

Common Poisons Around The Home

There are many poisons around the home. Below are some of the most common poisons encountered every ...

Poisoning Issues in Child Care Facilities

Poison prevention is not just an issue that needs to be considered at home, but anywhere where young...

Four Seasons 4 - Poisoning Hazards for Summer

Summertime means warm weather, school holidays, parties and events. These changes in your household ...

Four Seasons 2 - Poisoning Hazards For Winter

Winter means shorter days and evenings spent indoors. While it is pleasant to be in a cosy environme...

Four Seasons 1 - Poisoning Hazards For Autumn

As summer fades into autumn, the change in the weather can signal a change in potential hazards both...

Tiakina aa Taatou Tamariki kei Paihanatia

Ia tau, ia tau, e 366 ngaa tamariki, ko te nuinga he koohungahunga, e haria ohorere ana kit e hoohip...

Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers

Alcohol (ethanol) and alcohol sanitizers have been used in hospitals and medical centres as alcohol ...

Melamine in Food

What is Melamine?

Melamine is a chemical used for making amino resins, plastics, adhesives, and pe...

Preventing Poisoning

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Preventing Poisoning In The Home

A few basic fact and hints regarding preventing poisoning with medicines and chemicals around the ho...

Poison Prevention for the Older Generation

Focused poison prevention tips for those who might have special medication needs or might not be so ...

My House is Poison-Proofed! – Kitchen & Household Products

Print off & complete this checklist in order to ensure that your kitchen and household products are ...

Four Seasons 3 - Poisoning Hazards For Spring

After a long cold winter, many people begin their spring cleaning. Spring is also the time when new ...

My House is Poison-Proofed! – Bathroom & Medicines

Print off & complete this checklist in order to ensure that your bathroom and medicines are "poison-...

My House is Poison-Proofed! – Laundry & Bleaches/Cleaners

Print off & complete this checklist in order to ensure that your laundry & bleaches/cleaners are "po...

My House is Poison-Proofed! – The Garden Shed & Chemicals

Print off & complete this checklist in order to ensure that your garage/garden shed & chemicals are ...

Child Resistant Closures

Child resistant closures help to significantly reduce the chances of a child accessing a drug or che...

Four Seasons 4 - Poisoning Hazards for Summer

Summertime means warm weather, school holidays, parties and events. These changes in your household ...

Four Seasons 1 - Poisoning Hazards For Autumn

As summer fades into autumn, the change in the weather can signal a change in potential hazards both...

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

When wood, petrol, or natural gas are burned completely water and carbon dioxide are created. Howeve...

Seasonal Poisonings

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Christmas Holiday Safety & Poisoning Prevention Tips

Christmas is here and with all the fun associated with this time of year, there are also some hazard...

Four Seasons 3 - Poisoning Hazards For Spring

After a long cold winter, many people begin their spring cleaning. Spring is also the time when new ...

Poisonous Mushrooms In New Zealand

There are many different species of poisonous mushrooms in New Zealand and many poisonous mushrooms ...

Four Seasons 4 - Poisoning Hazards for Summer

Summertime means warm weather, school holidays, parties and events. These changes in your household ...

Four Seasons 2 - Poisoning Hazards For Winter

Winter means shorter days and evenings spent indoors. While it is pleasant to be in a cosy environme...

Four Seasons 1 - Poisoning Hazards For Autumn

As summer fades into autumn, the change in the weather can signal a change in potential hazards both...