Poison Prevention

Medications, household cleaners and even a leaky gas furnace can be serious poisoning risks to your kids. Things that are convenient for us, like keeping vitamins by the sink, can be deadly if your child can get to them too. Keeping potentially dangerous substances out of little hands is a sure way to prevent unintentional poisoning.

 

Key Facts about Poisoning

From 1999 to 2004, more than 20 children have died annually from accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.  Proper maintenance and inspections of your gas fireplace or furnace needs to be done annually to catch any known leaks.  A carbon monoxide detector can easily be added to your home to prevent such an event from occurring.

Other items such as house cleaners or pesticides can also cause accidental poisoning.  Keep these items locked up and/or out of reach so children do not see or have access to them.

Also know the national toll-free 24-hour hotline: 1-800-222-1222. This hotline connects the public to their local Poison Control Center, staffed by medical professionals in poisoning management

 

Source: Safe Kids USA