How to Prevent Poisonings at Home

Kid and Prescription DrugsApproximately 90 percent of the poisons are found in the home. This is why poisoning becomes the second leading cause of deaths at home. The most common one happens to children under 5 years of age. Here are the six common cause of poisoning:

  • Household cleaning products
  • Personal care and beauty products
  • Drugs
  • Vitamins
  • Plant
  • Lead and carbon monoxide

Perform the following strategies to overcome the poisoning at home:

  1. Recognize the poison. It would be easier if any products containing poisonous material are marked, e.g. by giving a label. Toxins come in many forms: cosmetics, garden products such as fertilizer, furniture polish, dishwashing detergent, and carbon monoxide from fuel combustion.
  2. Purchase wisely. Buy products that are equipped with a special cover of “child safety”.
  3. Store safely. Attach the products with warning labels and store them in a locked cabinet. Do not store the drugs in the bag, pouch, or drawer. Keep the products in their original packaging. Do not use containers for food storage.
  4. Monitor the children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the poisoning in children occur more often when the parents are cooking dinner or not watching the children for some reasons.
  5. Follow the instructions on the use of any chemical. Open windows when you use product containing high chemical material. Never mix household cleaning products together. A mixture of bleach and ammonia can create poisonous gases.
  6. Keep the carbon monoxide away. Consult to a professional for any problems on heating appliances, stoves, and fireplaces that you have. Carbon monoxide can also enter the house through the garage door. Never run the engine or car using the barbecue in the garage.
  7. Pay attention to the drugs. Memorize when you bought the drug and used it the first time. Get rid of expired drugs by crushing, dissolving, or adding it to your old coffee. Then place it in a sealed plastic bag in the garbage. Do not throw it down the toilet unless the instructions say to do so.

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