Weather conditions in the St. Johns area can swiftly change, monitor weather conditions closely throughout the day.
If you see anyone spraying pesticides in today's conditions please report the activity.
Showers ending near noon then a mix of sun and cloud. Risk of thundershowers this morning. Amount 2 to 4 mm. Fog dissipating near noon. Wind becoming south 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning then southwest 40 gusting to 60 this afternoon. High 20. UV index 5 or moderate.
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Pesticide poisoning can mimic other common illness.
You should be aware of the early signs and symptoms of poisoning. It is important to remove the person from the source of exposure quickly. Remove contaminated clothing and wash off any chemical which has soaked through. You may save a life. A doctor or Poison Control Centre should be contacted at once if anyone who may have come into contact with a pesticide exhibits symptoms of poisoning. Give them any precautionary statements (such as an antidote) from the label and the P.C.P. Act Registration Number. Medical staff can use this informationto make a diagnosis and give advice. Always know the symptoms of poisoning that can occur from exposure to the pesticides.
Examples of some symptoms:
Chlorophenoxys; 2,4-D,MCPA: Skin rash, muscle weakness,convulsions, coma.
Organochlorines; endosulfan, lindane, methoxychlor: Apprehension, nausea, vomiting, weakness, excitability, dizziness, disorientation, twitching, convulsions.
Organophosphates; Guthion(azinphos-methyl),Dyfonate (fonofos), Lorsban (chlorpyrifos),diazinon,dichlorvos, malathion, parathion: Headaches, dizziness, weakness, tremors, nausea, diarrhea, blurred vision, convulsions.
Carbamates; Temik (aldicarb), Furadan(carbofuran), Sevin (carbaryl),Lannate (methomyl): Headaches, dizziness, weakness, tremors, nausea, diarrhea, blurred vision, convulsions.
Dinitrophenols; dinoseb, Karathane (dinocap),DNOC: Fever, sweating, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate.
Bipyridyliums & Pyridyliums; Reglone (diquat),Gramoxone (paraquat): Respiratory distress, lung damage.
Fumigants; methyl bromide, Telone(1-3 dichloropropene), Vapam (metam-sodium), chloropicrin: Double vision, slurred speech, uncoordination, chemical pneumonia, kidney damage.
Dithiocarbamates & Thiocarbamates; ziram, maneb, Eptam, Surpass (vernolate): Irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, and lungs, nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness.
Current provincial weather regulations:
-Wind must be between 2 and 15 km/hr for ground applications
-Winds must be between 2 and 10km/hr for trees taller than 3meters
-Air Temperature must be below 25oC
-It must not raining nor is rain anticipated over the next 2hour period
-The relative humidity must be above 50%
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