It has been a very wet spring and mold and mildew is a common problem.
Nebraska Regional Poison Center spokesperson Joan McVoy says most people turn to bleach to clean those areas but use it with care.
McVoy says, “Never mix bleach with other cleaning products. If you mix it with an acid or ammonia, it can form chlorine or chloramines gas and really cause a lot of coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath and really run into a problem.”
As the weather warms up so do calls on bites and stings. If you are stung call the poison center. They will want to watch closely for an allergic reaction, especially the first hour after a sting. McVoy says they also get a lot of calls regarding the use of insect repellents. She says those containing DEET need to apply sparingly to avoid exposed skin and clothing. Lower concentrations of less than 10% have been found to be just as effective as higher concentrations.
McVoy says children also spend more time outdoors where they can be exposed to poisons. Hydrocarbons in gasoline, kerosene, lighter fluid and torch fuels are among the top ten causes of childhood poisoning deaths in the U-S. Make sure they are stored up and out of reach each time they are used.
The Nebraska Regional Poison Center also warns that if you are grilling out or on a picnic to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Make sure to pack a meat thermometer to double check food is cooked properly. Meats should be cooked to 160-degrees.
The Nebraska Regional Poison Center also recommends you program their number into your phone before leaving on vacation. By calling 1-800-222-1222 you can reach the center anywhere in the country. It is also recommended to call the poison center before heading to the emergency room. Many times that trip can be avoided by getting expert advice from the registered nurses on call.