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Arklatex In Depth: Safety tips for Christmas Greenery

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The holidays are in full swing. That means that sparkling decorations are in full view. But is there a hidden danger or urban myth if someone accidentally ingests Christmas greenery. We check it out in this Ark la Tex in depth report.

It's almost as if the decorating elves work overtime this time of year. Decorations spring forth and delight the eyes of children and adults. One centerpiece is the Christmas tree which is a must in homes all across the area. What a joy it is to rock around the Christmas tree at Christmas time.

Lia Holland a local Christmas tree vendor states "Most people come in here bring their kids and pick out the right tree. I have a couple of people he brings a different grandchild each year to pick out the tree."

And there is the beauty and aroma of the evergreens. Eye popping red of the berries and poinsettia. Dr. Mark Ryan of the Louisiana Poison Control Center.

Dr. Mark Ryan, director of LA. Poison Control Center tells KTBS "There was supposedly a case back in the early 1900s when a child in Hawaii died. But some experiments proved that even in a child you would have to eat five to six hundred poinsettia leaves to really get a bad stomach upset. Holly berries are distasteful. Those berries once again cause stomach upset. You have to eat a large amount. 3, 4 5 berries are not going to be a problem. They taste bad kind of bitter. So a child has good taste discrimination they are not going to eat much

And what about the party favorite mistletoe.

According to Dr. Ryan mistletoe ,just like the poinsettia does it has a sticky sap. If you get poinsettia on your skin it could cause a reaction. With the mistletoe again it doesn't taste good. Stomach upset just like most things that we are not supposed to eat of any kind.

And there is the spray on snow flock.

Again Dr. Ryan tells us "Snow flock has a lot of aerosol propellants and have gases to get them out of the container. You don't want to use those things in enclosed areas. The snow itself once dried is a foreign body just like leaves off of the Christmas tree. Tinsel on a tree can cause a clog especially in a dog we see that. Look at the directions and follow the directions and we don't usually have a problem when we do those simple things."

So thank you to the decorating experts who dazzle us during the holidays. It makes the season merry and bright!

It's that time of the year there are beautiful things and we should enjoy them. No reason not to have them. Just be cautious with them.

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