Poison Prevention for your Household

On behalf of last week’s Poison Prevention Week, we have the Top 5 Tips to help keep you and your children safe from all poisons in your home.

According to the New York State Department of Health, people should keep all poisons, including medications, cosmetics, household cleaners and chemicals, plants and other poisonous substances out of the reach of children.

  1. Child Proofing/Education – Always keep medication in its original container, away from children. Remember to secure all lids after use. Never tell your children that medicine is candy. Educate your children on the dangers of misusing medication. Make sure to read labels carefully before giving medicine to your children or other family members.
  2. Dispose of Medication Properly – while you may have heard that the best solution to dispose of expired or unwanted medication is to flush it or pour it down the drain, that is not safe. Instead, crush the pills and mix them with old coffee grounds, sand or kitty litter.
  3. Storage Solutions – We recommend that you do not store medication in the bathroom or kitchen. The bathroom is warm and moist and can cause changes or disintegration of the product. Poisonous or toxic products should be kept in a locked cabinet.
  4. Do Your Research – You should be aware of household plants that are dangerous to pets, but there are also plants that are poisonous to humans. Do your research on plants in your house and keep them out of the reach of children.
  5. Garage Poisons – Anti-freeze, windshield washing fluid and other similar products should be stored in a locked cabinet. Childproof safety latches can be purchased at your local hardware store.

An unknown poison and toxin analysis tests for unknown chemicals, poisons and toxins that include but are not limited to pesticides, organic exposure chemicals, painting or cleaning products, rodent poison, volatiles and inhalants. This analysis does not test for drugs or heavy metals. No two situations are alike, so contact ExperTox for assistance if you suspect poisoning or toxic exposure.

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