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Date:6/8/2012

bel instructions. "If a warning is there, pay attention to it," advised Soloway. She also recommended using just the amount of product that you need.

People who have plants in their homes need to know exactly what they are, as some can be irritating and others safe, Lowry said. And without knowing the kind of plant, it's difficult for poison control to help.

She also suggested getting down on your hands and knees and crawling around your house to get the same view your child might have. "That's when you'll see grandma's heart medicine that fell under the couch," Lowry said.

If the worst happens and you or a child has come into contact with a poisonous substance or ingested it, the first thing to do is to call 1-800-222-1222. That's a nationwide number that will link you to a poison control center, which has experts who can judge whether the situation can be handled at home or whether an ER visit is needed.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more tips on preventing poisoning.

For more on the risks of poisonings at home, read a companion article on one woman's story.

SOURCES: Jennifer Lowry, M.D., medical toxicologist, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City; Rose Ann Soloway, R.N., clinical toxicologist, National Capital Poison Center, Washington, D.C.


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