Poison Prevention for Parents and Caregivers
Did you know…
- Over 2.4 million people each year swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance and over half of those are children under 6?
- 9 out of 10 poisonings occur at home?
- 24 children lost their lives due to poisoning in 2010?
Keep the toll-free nationwide poison control center number (1-800-222-1222) and local emergency numbers near every telephone. If you suspect poisoning and a child is choking, collapses, can't breathe or is having a seizure, call 911. Otherwise, take the product to the phone and call the poison control hotline.
Follow the Steps Below to Help Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones:
- The most dangerous potential poisons include medicines, cleaning products, personal care products, cosmetics, antifreeze, pesticides, and gasoline. Store these items in locked cabinets and keep out of sight and reach of children.
- Check labels when administering medication to children and always use the dosage tool that comes with the medicine.
- Keep all medicine in containers that have safety caps and throw away old or expired medication.
- Never store household and chemical products in food containers (like cups or bottles) and never mix chemical products together, which could cause them to react with each other.
- Maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors; make sure to test and change batteries regularly on them.
- Check homes built before 1978 for lead-based paint. Remove any peeling paint or chewable surfaces painted with lead-based paint.
- Secure remote controls, key fobs, greeting cards, and musical children's books. These and other devices contain button batteries that can cause serious injury if digested.
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