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New to Canning? How to Avoid Botulism

Canning is a wonderful way to preserve your garden labors for cozy winter meals, but it’s critical to take steps to prevent a dangerous byproduct of improperly canned foods: botulism.

Food and Nutrition Injury Prevention Poisoning

Poisoned from Foraging: Wild Ramp or False Hellebore? 

The UVM Medical Center Emergency Department has seen a spike in poisonings from people ingesting a plant called false hellebore that they thought were wild ramps. Find out how to tell the difference and what to do if you eat hellebore.

Injury Prevention Poisoning

Avoid Poisonings During Pandemic: Five COVID-19 Safety and Cleaning Tips

Our poison prevention expert shares advice for safely using and storing cleaners, and debunks myths about drinking disinfectants. Get key safety steps for cleaning at home.

COVID-19 Safety Tips Poisoning

The Dangers of Itsy Bitsy Spiders

If you’re looking for dangerous spiders, Vermont is not the state for you. While most spiders produce some type of venom, the types of spiders in Vermont are not harmful. Spider bites are not common, and most spiders will cause only minor symptoms, such as pain, swelling, redness and itching if they bite you. Types

Injury Prevention Poisoning

How to Prevent Poisoning

March 17-23 is National Poison Prevention Week. We all have a role to play in preventing poisonings. Learn more about Poison Prevention in Northern New England and get resources from the UVM Medical Center. Poisonings affect people of all ages, in all kinds of situations. The Northern New England Poison Center (NNEPC) is available 24/7 to

Injury Prevention Poisoning

What You Need To Know About Radon

1 in 8 Vermont homes has unsafe levels of radon. Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America. Each year, radon claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans. In Vermont, one in eight homes is affected by unsafe levels of radon. While you can’t see, smell or taste radon,

Injury Prevention Poisoning

Protecting Your Family From Radon

Have you ever heard of radon? Radon is a natural gas that forms from the breakdown of radioactive metals (such as uranium, thorium, or radium) in rocks, soil, and groundwater. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking. Breathing air with radon is dangerous because radon gas decays into particles that

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