Almost all poisonings happen in homes. More than half of home poisonings involve children
younger than age 6.
Never leave small children alone in a room with cleaning, cosmetic, laundry, or medical
products. A child can quickly and easily pull allergy pills from a purse or a drain
cleaner from a grocery bag. Laundry pods contain strong detergent. They also look
like candy to young children. Keep detergent pods out of reach and out of sight.
Keep alcohol and tobacco products out of reach. Both can cause long-term physical
damage or death if swallowed by a child.
Keep medicines, vitamins, and herbal remedies put away. Vitamin pills that contain
iron can kill a child. Many medicines are mildly to highly poisonous. Some medicines
can kill a child. These include heart medicine, blood thinners, and chemotherapy medicines.
Be sure you give a child the right dose of the right medicine. Overdosing can cause
Remove poisonous plants. These include caladium, castor bean plant, elephant's ear,
philodendron, mistletoe, holly, and dieffenbachia. These plans can cause skin irritation,
vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, and other side effects if a child eats them.
Check gas-powered appliances regularly for carbon monoxide leaks. Make sure you have
working carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
Check these places in your home for dangerous products. Make sure these products are
stored away from children:
Garage: Antifreeze, windshield cleaner, gasoline, charcoal lighter, pesticides, fertilizers,
garden chemicals, fungicides, and flea and pest powder.
Bedrooms: Cosmetics, cologne, hair spray, nail polish and remover, mothballs, medications,
Bathroom or laundry room: Pine oil, drain and toilet cleaners, bleach, disinfectants,
detergents, detergent pods, and aerosol sprays.
Kitchen: Insect killer, metal polish, alcohol, dishwashing detergent, and oven cleaner.
Home workshop: Solder, lead, cadmium, formaldehyde, solvents, paint, and paint thinner.
Don't rely on just one poison control measure. For safety's sake: