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Poison Prevention Tips

 

Chemicals in and around the home can poison people or pets and can cause long-term health effects. Every 13 seconds, a poison control center in the United States answers a call about a possible poisoning. More than 90% of these exposures occur in the home. Poisoning can result from medicines, pesticides, household cleaning products, carbon monoxide, and lead.

Unless noted, the safety tips below were adapted from the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ poison prevention tips for children and adults.

 

Keep Young Children Safe from Poisoning

 
Be Prepared
  • Put the poison help number, 1-800-222-1222, on or near every home telephone and save it on your cell phone. The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Keep all medications and potentially harmful products and even plants out of the reach of children.

  • Never tell a child that a medication is candy as a way to encourage them to take their medicine.

  • Perform daily surveillance throughout your home to identify substances, even shiny coins that may be within the reach of a curious child.

  • Always use child-resistant closures properly. Never leave the child-resistant closure off of the product or closed improperly.

  • Never induce vomiting in a child who has swallowed a potential poison.

  • Have the 24/7 ‘Poison Help’ toll-free number (1-800-222-1222) programmed into your telephones.

Family

  • Read and heed product labels.  They will inform you how to use a product safely.

  • Never place medications or products into unsafe or unlabeled containers.

  • Have at least one carbon monoxide alarm in your home, preferably placed near the sleeping quarters.

  • Educate everyone about the dangers of poisons and the improper use of medications.

  • Help senior citizens and other individuals who require the use of multiple medications use medication organizers to prevent accidental overdoses.

  • Have the 24/7 ‘Poison Help’ toll-free number (1-800-222-1222) programmed into your telephones.

What to do if a poisoning exposure occurs:

  • Stop further exposure to the poison.

  • If the person has collapsed or stopped breathing, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

  • If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, get everyone to fresh air immediately and contact the Poison Center for assistance.

Helpful links for additional information

        American Association of Poison Control Centers 

        Center For Disease Control and Prevention

        Pittsburgh Poison Center

        The Poison Help Line 

 

 

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