Think Safe Be Safe: Poison Prevention Tips
Home Safety Council research shows that poisoning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury related death in the home. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) more than 92 percent of the 2.3 million poison exposures reported in the latest year studied occurred in the home. Yet, the Home Safety Council found that most families are not taking the appropriate precautions to reduce the risk of poison exposure.
Poison prevention is for everyone, not just children. The Home Safety Council's poisoning prevention advice can help individuals and families keep their homes safer from poisonous and toxic products, chemicals and gases, regardless of the ages of the occupants. Homes with young children need to take extra precautions. Follow these guidelines to keep your family safe from poison exposures at home:
- Know to call 1-800-222-1222 if someone takes poison. This number will connect you to emergency help in your area.
- Keep the number by every phone.
- Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a deadly gas that you cannot see or smell. The gas collects when fuels are burned.
- Have a service person check heaters, stoves and fireplaces every year to see that they work well.
- Have a carbon monoxide (CO) detector near the bedrooms. This will tell you if the gas level is too high.
- Push the “test” button on the detector so everyone will know the sound it makes.
- Know the things in your home that are poisons.
- Look at the labels for the words “Caution”, “Warning”, or “Danger” on the box or bottle. Read the labels and follow directions when using these.
Protect Young Children
- Take all medicines and medical supplies out of purses, pockets and drawers.
- Put them in a cabinet with a child safety lock.
- Have child safety caps on all chemicals, medications and cleaning products.
- Lock all dangerous items and products in a cabinet. Cosmetics (make-up) can be poison too.
- Keep all dangerous products in the bottle or package they came in, with the labels on.
- Store all dangerous products away from food and drinks.
- Keep each family member’s medicines in a separate place, so they don’t get mixed up.
Reprinted with the permission of the Home Safety Council. © 2008 Home Safety Council All Rights Reserved.
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