DEC warning about the dangers of hogweed

WSYR-TV - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is warning Central New Yorkers to stay away from giant hogweed-- it’s been deemed a public hazard.

You might recognize the giant flowering umbrella shaped plant. It may look harmless, but can actually cause a severe rash that's worse than both poison ivy and poison oak.

Hogweed sap causes severe blisters if it comes in contact with your skin and is then exposed to sunlight.

The reaction can take up to 48 hours to appear. If it gets in your eyes it can even cause permanent blindness.

If you come across one of these giant flowers, you can call the DEC at 1-845-256-3111.

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