Posted: June 3rd, 2012 10:48pm
Because more than 90 percent of poisonings happen in the home, Poison center experts encourage everyone to take the following steps to make sure your home is poison-safe:
- Close caps on medicines, vitamins, herbal supplements and other products immediately after use, making sure that they are put back on tightly.
- Keep all medicines (including vitamins and herbal supplements), household cleaning products, and garden chemicals up high where children can’t see or reach them.
- Never store home or garden chemicals in food containers like bottles or cups. Keep them in their original containers
- Never mix household cleaning products together. Mixing them can cause poisonous gasses.
- Call your local poison center (1-800-222-1222) immediately if you can’t find a small battery or magnet missing from a toy or other item. Button batteries and magnets can both be deadly if swallowed by a child.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector and check the batteries twice a year.
- When applying pesticides, follow the directions on pesticide labels and be sure to remove children, pets and toys from the area until they can return safely.
- Periodically go through your medicine cabinet and safely dispose of old or expired medicines.
- Post the Poison Help number by your home phone and program it into cell phones:
- Poison Help Line (1-800-222-1222)
Go to http://www.aapcc.org/dnn/default.aspx the Ameri-can Association of Poison Control Centers for more information
Submitted by Tessa LaFazio, EPA Specialist