Poison Prevention Tips for Your Family

You don’t want to hurt yourself or any of your family members, so it would be best you know tips that would prevent them and yourself from being affected by accidental poisoning.

Common Household Poisons

First, check your house for possible poisonous chemical-base supplies like pesticides, alcohol, medicines, laundry packets, plants, makeup, lotion, deodorant, and other similar items, and keep them locked up at safe distance where kids can’t get close to them.

You need to put your household products away from children and pets. All these products should be properly labelled in their original containers. After purchasing the products, check for resistant containers to protect them against children and give them extra protection.

You should use your household products safely. Make sure you follow the labels of products. Make sure you never leave products used for home cleaning around without checking them to make sure no one is messing around with them. Old products should be thrown away.

Check everywhere around for possible poisons. Check the garage, bathroom, and other areas you store things in your home that you do not need anymore. Always check your purse for probable hazards too. Make sure drugs and makeup items are not reachable by your kids, not even in your handbag. This is because most times kids play with the bags and could get there and reach the items you don’t want them to toy with.

Other Possible Hazards

For homes that were built before the 1978 period which lead-based paint was used. It needs to be checked for lead hazards. If at any point they are identified, you should contact the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323) and get more information on how to handle the situation.

Carbon monoxide alarms are necessary so make sure they are every level in your house. Especially in areas where you and your family members sleep. If the carbon monoxide alarms make any noise, run out of your home and get to a safe place so you can breathe fresh air and get help.

What would I do if there is a poison emergency? Call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 or visit PoisonHelp.org. You can contact this number for 24 hours and 7 days a week. It is a confidential line which has questions on how to manage chemicals, on carbon monoxide, concerns about plants, bites, stings, and any other poison issue.

In case of an accidental pet poisoning, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

Now you know what to do in cases of a poison emergency.