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
-- 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.
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