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New Home Safety Council(R) Research Shows the Majority of Families Underestimate the Danger of Poisoning Exposure at Home
Date:3/4/2008

ally curious behavior and tendency to put anything within reach in their mouths, young children are at greatest risk for poisoning exposure at home. In fact, children under age five experience the highest rate of nonfatal poison exposures at home compared to any other age group. However, home-related poisoning incidents occur across all age groups, making active prevention essential for all. Unintentional poisoning deaths may result from taking too many types of prescription drugs at the same time and/or in too high of a dose. Following the Home Safety Council's poisoning prevention advice is a way for everyone to stay safer from poisonous and toxic products, chemicals and gases -- regardless of age.

Prevent Poisonings in Each Room of the Home

Poisons may be found in any room of the home, but are most commonly located under the kitchen sink, in the bathroom and in storage areas including the garage, basement and laundry room. The Home Safety Council recommends that adults conduct a home walk-through, looking in every room and paying careful attention to the rooms where harmful products are most commonly stored.

Kitchen

-- For homes where young children live or visit: put child safety locks on

cabinets to safely store chemicals, cleaners, medicines, cosmetics and

other toxic and/or caustic products.

-- When using harsh products follow safety recommendations on the label,

such as wearing gloves and masks. Do not mix products together because

their contents could react together with dangerous results.

-- Store all dangerous products away from food and drinks. Be especially

aware of products with fruit shown on the labels, which could be

confused as being edible.

-- Post the Poison Control Help number (1-800-222-1222) and other

emergency numbers near every phone and store them to your cell phone.

Call the Help number if you have a question ab
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