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According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), 90% of poisonings occur in the home, with the majority of these happening in kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms. In the United States, poisoning has become the leading cause of unintentional death, ahead of motor vehicle wrecks and firearms.

Safety Tips (a partial list)
Poison Help Hotline
  • Keep household cleaning products and medicines (including vitamins) in their original containers and locked up, out of children’s sight and reach.
  • Follow directions on pesticide labels and remove children, pets and toys from the area until it’s safe to return to the area.
  • Never mix household cleaning products together. Mixing them can cause poisonous gasses.
  • Purchase child-resistant packaging.
  • all your local poison center immediately if you can’t find a button battery or magnet missing from a toy or other item. Button batteries and magnets both can be deadly if swallowed by a child.
  • Install laboratory-listed carbon monoxide (CO) alarms inside your home to provide early warning of accumulating CO. Alarms should be installed outside sleeping areas and on every level of the home. Test alarms at least monthly.
  • Have furnaces, water heaters and other fuel-burning appliances inspected and cleaned yearly by a professional.
  • Test your home for lead paint. Children can be poisoned by ingesting dust from lead paint.
    Post the Poison Help number by all home telephones and program it into cell phones: 1-800-222-1222. The Poison Control Center is a service for all ages. Children should know who to call if they think someone has eaten poison and there is no adult available.

For more important safety tips and information on poisoning prevention, visit American Association of Poison Control Centers

For more safety tips and other information about this topic and many others, visit the National Fire Protection Association.

American Association of Poison Control Centers 

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10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547