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Stay Safe: Tips to Prevent Accidental Poisoning

Stay Safe: Tips to Prevent Accidental Poisoning

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Each year, approximately 2 million poisonings are reported to Poison Control Centers in the United States, with more than half involving children under the age of 6. However, accidental poisoning is preventable with the right precautions. 

The following are essential safety tips from Safe Kids Worldwide for keeping individuals safe from common household hazards.

Store Medications Securely

Keep all medications, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements, in a secure location. Use childproof containers when available, and store them out of reach and sight of children.

Safely Dispose of Unused Medications

Properly dispose of expired or unused medications to prevent accidental ingestion. Many communities offer drug take-back programs or provide guidance on safe disposal methods.

Use Chemicals Responsibly

Follow safety guidelines when using household chemicals, such as cleaning products, pesticides, and automotive fluids. Keep these items in their original containers, and use them in well-ventilated areas.

Practice Caution with Household Plants

Some common household plants can be toxic if ingested. Individuals should research the plants in their homes and gardens to ensure they are safe, especially if pets or young children are present.

Label Hazardous Substances

Clearly label all hazardous substances, including cleaning products and chemicals, to avoid confusion. Use childproof locks on cabinets where these items are stored, so that younger hands cannot reach them.

Family Education

All family members must be educated about the dangers of accidental poisoning and how to prevent it, especially young children. Encourage them to always ask an adult before eating or drinking anything.

Be Prepared for Emergencies

Keep the Poison Control Center number (1-800-222-1222) and other emergency contacts in a visible location, such as on your refrigerator or your phone. In case of poisoning, call for help immediately.

Additional Tips for Preventing Accidental Poisoning at Home

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) highlights the following additional precautions for poison prevention in the home:

Carbon Monoxide Awareness: Install functioning carbon monoxide alarms at every level of your home, especially near bedrooms and furnaces.

Art and School Supplies: Check labels on children’s school supplies and art products to ensure safe use. Further, clean areas that have come into contact with these products and store them in their original containers.

Food Safety: Wash produce under running water before eating, except for meat, poultry, and eggs. Secondly, do not use chemical cleaning products to wash food or its packaging. Finally, follow proper food storage guidelines, and serve meals on clean dishware and utensils.

Insect and Animal Safety: Wear proper clothing and footwear in outdoor areas known for poisonous animals. Additionally, check insect repellent labels for potentially harmful chemicals.

Plants, Mushrooms, and Berries: Learn to identify poisonous plants, mushrooms, and berries in your area.

By following these tips, individuals can help reduce the risk of accidental poisoning in and around their homes and protect their loved ones. Stay safe and informed.

Speak To A Personal Injury Lawyer

When using any product, it’s reasonable to expect it to function safely. However, many injuries occur daily due to poorly designed or manufactured products. According to the law, all products used or consumed by individuals must be safe and free from hazards. If you’ve been harmed by a defective or dangerous product, reach out to Panter, Panter & Sampedro at 305-662-6178 and speak to a lawyer today.

 

Sources: 

https://www.aapcc.org/

https://www.safekids.org/blog/celebrate-poison-prevention-week-these-tips-safety

https://poisonhelp.hrsa.gov/what-you-can-do/poison-prevention-week

https://panterlaw.com/2022/03/18/poison-prevention-week/

 

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