Major Home Hazards – Poison Control

Katie's Child Safet blog recommends that you lock up all prescription drugs and vitamins.
Too many times a young child swallows something and the parent does not know what to do. The best place to start is the American Association of Poison Control Centers (http://www.aapcc.org/) Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222.
 
When you call you get directed to one of the nation’s 57 poison centers where a competent medical professional will give you medical advice. 
 
The centers are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the service is free. According to AAPCC currently the four most dangerous poison threats are:
 
  1. Bath Salts
  2. Laundry Detergent Packets
  3. Carbon Monoxide (CO) emissions from portable generators.
  4. Synthetic Marijuana
 
Click for more information on AAPCC.
 
How do I prevent this from happening?
 
  • Make sure all household products are stored out of a child’s sight and reach. Don’t create an opportunity for tragedy.
  • Make sure all poisonous items are out of reach. If a child can reach your cabinets use safety locks to secure the cabinets. Assume that detergent pods for the laundry and dishwasher are potentially poisonous items and treat them like they are poisonous items.
  • Get into the habit of reading product labels to learn what can be hazardous to kids. Dangerous household items include makeup, personal care products, plants, pesticides, lead, art supplies, alcohol and carbon monoxide.
  • Make sure that all medications, including vitamins and adult medicines, are stored out of reach and out of sight or children. Again, if a child can reach your cabinets use safety locks to secure the cabinets.