Here are 10 ways to prepare, prevent, and protect you and your loved ones from poisoning dangers in and around the home.
- Save the toll-free Poison Help Line, 1-800-222-1222, in all phones! It’s fast, free, and confidential.
- Keep all household and personal care products in their original containers locked up, out of sight and reach of children.
- Never put something that is not food in a food or beverage container, such as a soda bottle, cup or glass.
- Install Carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke detectors in your home. Test that they are working and change their batteries every 6 months.
- Keep houseplants out of reach of small children and know the names of plants in your home and yard.
- Never call medicine candy—children may confuse medicine for candy.
- Properly dispose any expired, unwanted or unused medicine around the home.
- Never leave purses or bags that may contain medicine, cosmetics, and other poison dangers unattended or in a child’s reach.
- Do not take medicine in front of children; they love to imitate adults.
- Never leave children unattended around items that use button batteries (ex. toys, remotes, greeting cards).
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