Prepared for Winter Storms?
Winter storms could leave many without power, forcing families to stay in hotels or with family and friends. This break in normal routine could lead to an increase in potential poisonings.
Keep all medications in their original containers with labels. Resist the urge to combine medications in one container or bag for easy travel.
Read all medication labels prior to use. If the power is out, use a flashlight to make sure you can still read the label.
Generators emit carbon monoxide and should only be used outdoors. Never bring a generator indoors, not even in a basement. Do not place in an attached garage. Follow the manufacturer's safety and placement instructions exactly. For more carbon monoxide information, view our carbon monoxide brochure.
Lamp oil can look like apple juice to a child or an unsuspecting adult. Store in its original container and keep out of children's reach.
Keep the West Virginia Poison Center's number handy for any questions relating to poisonings.
Water Contamination-Water Advisory for Pregnant Women
The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health advises, after consultation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that the CDC recommends--out of an abundance of caution--that pregnant women drink bottled water until there are no longer detectable levels of MCHM in the water distribution system. However, the CDC re-affirmed previous advice that it does not anticipate any adverse health effects from levels less than 1ppm.
Please view Frequently Asked Questions regarding this advisory for more information.