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Friday, March 15, 2013

Minimal Fragrance Policy on Flowers

Orillia | by Jim Birchard  

Soldiers' Memorial Hospital reminds visitors not everyone loves smell of flowers.

Orillia's Soldiers Memorial Hosptial out with a reminder to people about flowers.

The Hospital is asking people not to forget its minimal fragrance policy, particularly in regards to flowers, and personal care products.

Hospital spokesperson Terry Dyni says they are doing this because of the negative impact strong scents can have on the health of patients and staff, especially those who may be allergic or asthmatic.

He says the smallest amount of certain fragrances or scents can trigger a reaction that could incapacitate someone or require them to avoid normal activities.

Many personal care products are available in unscented or fragrance free alternatives which the hospital encourages people to consider before coming into the facility. 

Dyni says  they are working  closely with local florists to identify appropriate choices and encourage customers purchasing flowers destined for the hospital to consider those with minimal scent like daisies or carnations. 

Flowers to avoid include freesias, hyacinth, lavenders, lilacs, peonies and lilies.

In addition, the Hospital permits balloons that are latex free. 


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