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How To Poison Proof Your Home

Poisoning is the leading cause of injury-related death in America. Here are some startling statistics from the latest report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers:

• In 2018, they responded to 2,099,751 human exposure cases.
• One poison exposure is reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers every 15 seconds.
• 44% of exposure cases involved children under the age of six.

Many of these poisoning cases could have been prevented and in this article, we’ll share ways of how you can protect your family and pets.

How Do People Get Poisoned?
In the latest report, they give us the top fifteen substance categories most frequently involved in human exposures:

1. Analgesics (pain killers) (10.85%)
2. Cleaning Substances (household) (7.28%)
3. Cosmetics/Personal Care Products (toothpaste, lotion, mouthwash, deodorant) (6.53%)
4. Sedatives/Hypnotics/Antipsychotics (5.53%)
5. Antidepressants (5.22%)
6. Cardiovascular drugs (4.37%)
7. Antihistamines (4.34%)
8. Foreign Bodies/Toys/Miscellaneous (3.67%)
9. Pesticides (3.28%)
10. Alcohol (rubbing, drinking or wood alcohols) (2.83%)
11. Stimulants and Street Drugs (2.80%)
12. Anticonvulsants (2.61%)
13. Topical Preparations (for pain relief, acne, etc.) (2.53%)
14. Dietary Supplements/Herbals/Homeopathic (2.33%)
15. Vitamins (2.32%)

Ten Ways To Poison Proof Your Home
• Keep 1-800-222-1222 on or near all phones. Please take a moment and put this number in your cell phone, now. It’s the fast, free, private and 24/7 poison center helpline.
• Keep cosmetics, personal care products, prescription and over-the-counter medicines, cleaning products, dietary supplements and vitamins, pesticides and lighter fluid, in a locked cabinet or out of reach. Be sure household plants are also out of reach.
• Always keep cleaning products, gasoline, lighter fluid, antifreeze, paint and paint thinners in the original containers they came in.
• Never put something that is not food in a food or beverage container, such as a soda bottle, cup or glass.
• Don’t store food and household cleaners in the same cabinet because they often look alike.
• If you are a grandparent visiting or caring for little
ones, put purses or bags that may contain your medication up high on a shelf and out of the reach of children.
• Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Change the batteries every six months and make sure they are working properly.
• You should never call medicine candy.
• Don’t take medicine in front of children because they love to copy what adults do.
• Devices that use small batteries, such as toys or remote controls, should be kept out of reach of young children. The disc batteries used in some of these devices are poisonous and can be a choking hazard.

These are easy to follow tips and the Poison Control Centers highly recommends you go through your home and look for any potential causes of poisonings. If you see a potential problem, you need to correct it immediately.
If you ever suspect poisoning, call the California Poison Control system at (800) 222-1222. They can be reached 24/7 and language interpreters are always available. They have pharmacists, physicians, nurses and information providers on stand-by. In the event of a poisoning, every second counts. Call (800) 222-1222 immediately!