Advice for parents of small children
Talk to your children about what discarded needles look like.
Emphasize to your children that if they find a discarded needle, they should not touch it because they can get hurt.
Make sure your children know that if they find a needle, they should leave it where it is and ask an adult for help.
Ensure small children are wearing shoes if they are playing in areas around spray parks.
What are the risks of touching or being poked by a discarded needle?
When a person finishes using a needle, some of their blood may still be inside the needle. If you get poked by a needle and the user's blood enters your bloodstream, you could get sick.
Diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV can be transmitted by used needles.
Most people will not get sick by picking up or being poked by a used needle, but it's important to be cautious.
What to do if you get poked by a needle:
- Let the wound bleed as much as possible.
- Flush the area with flowing water.
- Wash the wound well with soap and warm water.
- Call Health Link Alberta at 811 or seek medical attention for an assessment of the risk of infection and appropriate treatment.
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