App Debuts To Help Alabamians Spot Dangerous Plants, Animals

An app to have outdoors and indoors...

An app to have outdoors and indoors...

(WHNT) —   Children’s of Alabama has launched the state’s first mobile application designed to identify toxic plants, along with venomous and poisonous animals.

The app offers a look at potentially dangerous plants, insects, snakes and even common household items.

Called “PoisonPerils,” the app is free for download for iPhone users. The resource was designed specifically to help parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers spot items that the Regional Poison Control Center (RPCC) at Children’s gets calls about most. The Center’s poison hotline (1-800-222-1222) treats both adults and children.

“Poison Perils was designed to provide key information about Alabama’s flora, fauna, and also common household items, that is critical for parents, teachers and other caregivers to know in order to keep children, and themselves, safe,” said Dr. Ann Slattery of the Regional Poison Control Center. “We believe this is the first and only resource of its kind in Alabama and think this information is critical due to the state’s amazing array of biodiversity.”

Alabama has six types of venomous snakes, even more poisonous insects and scores of toxic plants. You can browse pictures of many of them here. Household items also pose a threat to families.

The app can serve as a direct hotline to the RPCC in an emergency. Users can click the app to dial the RPCC rather than dial the center’s full telephone number.

Appsolute Genius, a boutique Birmingham software shop designed the app.

More information is available at www.childrensal.org/rpcc.


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