SATURDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) -- With spring-cleaning season here, the American Cleaning Institute reminds adults to protect family members and pets from accidental poisoning.
In conjunction with National Poison Prevention Week (March 20-26), experts offer advice that should be followed year-round:
The institute also warns about products meant to be mixed at home. "We completely understand that Americans exhibit a can-do and do-it-yourself ethic in all facets of life, including make-your-own cleaning products. But there's often little safety, use or ingredient information offered by the purveyors of some of these schemes," Nancy Bock, American Cleaning Institute vice president of consumer education, stated in an institute news release.
"Safe use is built-in to formulated cleaning products. Many of the mix-at-home concoctions don't come with those assurances," Bock added.
Post the Poison Control Center phone number (1-800-222-1222) beside every phone in your home and enter it on your cell phone's contact list, experts advise.
The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about poisoning.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: American Cleaning Institute, news release, March 21, 2011
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