Ten Tips To Poison Proof Your Home

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Ten Tips To Poison Proof Your Home

    The California Poison Control System receives about 900 calls a day for cases concerning poisonings. Most alarming is that over half of all these cases involve children five years and younger. This is an important matter and everyone needs to get involved in making their homes safer so we can help prevent these poisonings.

How Do People Become Poisoned?PAS106-Warning-font-b-Danger-b-font-font-b-Poison-b-font-Chemical-Keep-Away-Notice

    The American Association of Poison Control Systems gives us the top twelve substance categories most frequently involved in human exposures:

  1. Analgesics (pain killers) (11.73% of all calls)
  2. Cosmetics/Personal Care Products (toothpaste, lotion, mouthwash, deodorant) (7.95%)
  3. Cleaning Substances (soap, bleach, pine oil, laundry detergent, shampoo) (7.02%)
  4. Sedatives/Hypnotics/Antipsychotics (6.13%)
  5. Foreign Bodies (coins, silica gel, beads, batteries) (4.1%)
  6. Antidepressants (3.92%)
  7. Cardiovascular Drugs (3.74%)
  8. Topical Preparations (for pain relief, acne, etc.) (3.74%)
  9. Antihistamines (3.43%)
  10. Pesticides (3.26%)
  11. Cold and Cough Preparations (2.73%)
  12. Alcohol (rubbing, drinking or wood alcohols) (2.71%)

Ten Tips To Poison-Proof Your Home

  1. The California Poison Control Systems’ phone number is 1-800-222-1222. Keep this number on or near all phones. You should also put their number in your cell phone. Their service is fast, free, private and available 24/7.
  2. Keep cosmetics, personal care products, prescription and over-the-counter medicines, cleaning products, dietary supplements and vitamins, pesticides and lighter fluid, locked up or out of reach. Household plants should also be kept out of reach.
  3. You should always keep cleaning products, gasoline, lighter fluid, antifreeze, paint and paint thinners in their original containers.44223_2000x2000
  4. Do not ever put something that is not food in a food or beverage container, such as a soda bottle, cup or glass.
  5. Don’t store food and household cleaners in the same cabinets. Some of these products look similar and it is easy to mistake one for the other.
  6. If you are visiting or caring for children, put your purse or bags that might contain your medications where children can’t reach them.
  7. Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Make sure to maintain them and change batteries on a regular basis.
  8. Don’t ever call medicine candy. This is a very bad habit to get into and it could send the wrong message to young children.
  9. Don’t take medicine when your children are present – you know how kids love to imitate what adults do.
  10. Devices that use small batteries, such as toys and remote controls, should be kept out of the reach of children. Please remember that disc batteries are poisonous and they can be a choking hazard.

    These ten tips are easy to do and if you’ll make an effort to follow them, your home will be a much safer place for your family and pets.