The Spring Season is here and as the weather warms, the plants also come back to life with the return of more sunny days. The return of longer days and later sunsets is highly anticipated for many New Jersey residents who enjoy nature walks or strolls on the boardwalk.

But with the return of nature walks and property landscaping is also the return of the plants you need to be careful around. The more time you spend outdoors, the higher the chance you have of coming in contact with plants that can cause Swelling, Itching, and Red Rashes.

What Poisonous Plants Should New Jersey Avoid

According to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the main ways people get exposed to Poisonous Plants is through direct contact with the skin and inhalation of smoke from the burning plants. There are three main plants New Jersey residents are being cautioned about:

*Poison Ivy
*Poison Oak
*Poison Sumac

These plants can easily be overlooked when they grow around other vegetation whether it is in your yard, the local park, or a wildlife refuge that features a nature walking path. Also, because these poisonous plants look similar to other plants, you should always double-check before burning anything in your yard or any vegetation out in nature.

What to do if you are exposed to Poisonous Plants?

If you come in contact with poisonous plants, you should immediately rinse your skin with a degreasing soap with lots of water or use a Poison Plant Wash. You can also use Rubbing Alcohol or Detergent if no other options are immediately available. Also, you should take an antihistamine to relieve any allergic reactions.

Remember if you are exposed to a poisonous plant, you may need to seek medical attention from Urgent Care or Emergency Room for further treatment. Allergic reactions vary from person to person and how much you were exposed to a Poisonous Plant can impact how that negatively impacts you.

Improving weather and later sunsets means more opportunities to make day trips and enjoy traveling around New Jersey.  But what roads do NJ residents hate the most and will you go out of your way to avoid these roads?  Check out the list below:

You Picked Them: The 12 Most Hated Roads in New Jersey

Buckle up... it's going to be a bumpy (and often very slow) ride.

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