Every 13 seconds, a poison control center in the United States answers a call about a possible poisoning. More than 90 percent of these exposures occur in the home. Poisoning can result from medicines, pesticides, household cleaning products, carbon monoxide and lead. With summer in full swing and more people out in the yard and garden, it is especially important to think about poison control.
Normally, we think of small children when talking about poison control, however with failing eyesight and poor habits this happens quite often to adults and the elderly. Never store any chemical, cleaning product or other poisonous liquid in container that was used for something else – example: in an empty water or pop bottle, gallon jug, or empty cleaning supply bottle. Also, make sure to follow the advice below to ventilate the area while using cleaners or chemicals.
Protect your family against poisoning:
Do you know the Poison Control hotline?? Its 1-800-222-1222
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Safety Council