Why You Should Never Burn Poison Ivy

A pile of burning leaves

“Leaves of three, let them be.” Somewhere along everyone’s childhood, that little rhyme about poison ivy is memorized. And if you spend much time outdoors, that poem really is helpful in determining which plants to avoid. So, if you find poison ivy and want to eradicate the plant, is it safe to burn poison ivy? Learn Why Burning Poison Ivy Is Dangerous Poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans), poison oak (T. diversilobum) and poison sumac (T. vernix) can produce an allergic reaction if any part of the plant – leaves, stems, roots or berries – is touched, bruised, crushed, cut or burned. The colorless oil, urushiol, is quickly absorbed by the skin and can adhere to clothing, pet fur, camping equipment, and yard tools. Touching those items even weeks later can cause a reaction, referred to as contact dermatitis. What Happens if You Burn Poison Ivy? Is burning poison ivy dangerous? Inhalation […]

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