Child Poison Safety

Child poison safety is a very important topic, as over one million children are poisoned annually by household products, plants, and drugs.

Most of them are preschoolers and occur before lunch and supper when children are hungry or thirsty. Most poisoning occur when products are being used, not while they are stored. Children do not have fully-developed taste buds like adults, so just because something doesn't taste good, doesn't keep children away. For child poison safety, if there is a toddler in the house, keep in mind that they have the ability to climb.

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The following Child Poison Safety lists will help you to ensure child poison safety.

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Keep all products in their original containers and out of reach of children.

For Child poison safety, install child safety latches on all drawers or cabinets containing harmful products.

Store harmful products away from food

For Child poison safety, keep emergency phone numbers near the phone.

For child poison safety, place a Poison Center sticker on your phone. Also, make your name, address and phone number available in case a babysitter or friend has to call.

Keep medicines in original containers with child-resistant caps.

For Child poison safety, regularly clean out the medicine chest. Keep medicines, sprays, cosmetics, fingernail preparations, hair care products, etc., out of reach of children.

Install child safety latches on all drawers or cabinets containing harmful products.

For Child poison safety, keep all products in their original containers.

Lock up all harmful products and keep out of reach of children.

For child poison safety, keep original labels on all containers.

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Always read labels.

Do not borrow or loan prescribed medicines.

For child poison safety, throw out old or expired medications by flushing medicines down the toilet.

Keep your doctor informed of prescription and non-prescription medicines you are taking.

For child poison safety, check with your pharmacist or physician if you are taking two or more medications at the same time. Call the poison center if you still have questions.

Never take more than the prescribed amount of any medication.

For child poison safety, use child-resistant containers in your purse and keep medicines in locked cabinets at home.

Always store medicines in their original containers.

For child poison safety, never refer to medicine as candy and avoid taking medicine in the presence of children.

Child Poison Safety -- Pesticides
Use gloves, protective clothing and eyeware to prevent skin and eye exposures.

Store pesticides in their original containers and away from food or drinks.

Read and follow directions and warnings before using a product.
Never mix different products or chemicals.

Remember that using twice the amount of chemical needed does not mean that you will gain twice the benefit.

Dispose of toxic chemicals properly by contacting your State Department of Health.

Child Poison Safety Checklist

Common Household Poisons
Below are only some of the poisons that can be found in the home. For child poison safety, inspect your own home, read labels, and consult with product manufacturers, your doctor, or the Poison Control Center if you have any questions or concerns.

Child poison safety -- Kitchen
Cleaning solutions and waxes>
Powder and liquid detergent
Cleanser & scouring powder
Drain cleaner/lye
Carpet & upholstery cleaner

Child poison safety -- Bedroom or Purse
Sleeping drugs/medicine
Jewelry cleaner

Child poison safety -- Laundry Room
Oven cleaner
Cooking oils, non-stick sprays
Food supplements containing iron
Bluing, dye
Soap & detergent
Spot remover

Child poison safety -- Closets, Attic, & Storage Places
Rat Poison
Moth balls & spray
Outdoors Plants
BBQ grills

Child poison safety -- General
Alcoholic beverages
Lamp or candle oils
Tobacco products
Glue, adhesives
Flaking paint
Repainted toys
Broken plaster
Carbon Monoxide

Child poison safety -- Mushrooms
Avoid mushrooms with:
Scales on the cap
White gills
Light-colored inner cap
A ring on the lower part of the stem
A base like a bulb

Child poison safety -- Bathroom
Acetaminophen, aspirin
All drugs and pills, medicine (cough syrup)
Iron pills, vitamins with iron
Shampoo, wave lotion and spray
Lotions and creams
Nail polish and remover
Toilet bowl cleaner
Pine oil and bath oil
Rubbing alcohol
Room deodorizer, air fresheners
Personal care products

Child poison safety -- Garage, Basement
Windshield washer solvent
Bug killer/Weed killer
Gasoline/Motor oil
Charcoal lighter fluid
Turpentine, paint, paint remover/thinner
Antifreeze (smells sweat and attracts pets)
Car cleaning supplies

Child Poison Safety Tips for Parents

Teach children to ask for permission before eating anything like berries or mushrooms found outside.

Never refer to medicine as candy.

Never take medicine in front of children and never drink medicine from the bottle. Children tend to imitate adults. Let children watch you read the instructions and measure the proper dosage.

For Child Poison Safety, never give medicine in the dark.

Post the Poison Control Centers number by every telephone.

For Child Poison Safety, keep bottle of Ipecac in the medicine cabinet and in the glove compartment of your vehicle.

Share this information with older siblings, relatives, and babysitters.

Child Poison Safety -- Keep Your Household Safe

Keep rodent or insect traps out of reach.

Never mix household products, it could cause a chemical reaction.

For Child Poison Safety, be familiar with plants, trees, and shrubs around your house.

Wipe up all spills and puddles in the garage, carport, basement, or utility areas.

Use powders or pellet pesticides and herbicides instead of sprays and only use them when children and pets are not nearby.

For Child Poison Safety, avoid having unnecessary toxic substances in the house.

Store products in their original containers and keep all medicines and chemicals locked up in a cabinet out of reach of children.

Take either the product or the child with you if you have to leave the room even for a moment.

Pour old medications down the drain or toilet, rinse the container, and dispose of it. Never throw medication or products in the trash.

Keep household items and food stored separately to avoid confusion.

Recycle hazardous waste such as batteries and motor oil instead of throwing it away.

Signs of Use
Unusual behavior
Product container nearby
Smell chemical odors
See flames or smoke
Medicine cabinet is open
Damaged plants
Not breathing
Pale/bluish skin

Sudden chest or abdominal pain/cramps
Painful crying
Chills or shaking
Unusual thirst
Cold & clammy skin
Slurred speech
Difficulty breathing
Lack of coordination
Burns around mouth
Convulsions, coma

Emergency Action
For child poison safety, if you suspect that someone has consumed or been in contact with a poisonous substance contact the Poison Control Center right away. The phone number is usually listed in the front of the telephone book, if not call your local emergency room or doctor immediately.



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