Poison Control at Home

Young children at home are joys for all families. However, they are very curious and might place everything they get their hands on into their mouths. Often times, we might overlook all the items in all the cabinets in our homes, whether they be cleaning supplies, personal hygience items or cooking necessities. Indeed, most of these items may seem innocent enough and therefore easily overlooked. But in the hands of a small child, they can cause major injury. In order to minimize the potential risks to children at home, you can take preventative measures and maximize their safety:

– Lock away all toxic substances and medications including, but not limited to, paints, insecticides and household cleaners. These products are usually in various locations throughout the home – in bathrooms, kitchens and garages.

– Be sure to keep emergency numbers and the poison control center number (1-800-222-1222) near a telephone.

– Ask for childproof caps and keep prescription and over-the-counter medications out of the sight and reach of children.

– Use children’s medication in the dosages and intervals prescribed.

– Investigate your residence for lead-based paint, if it was built before 1978.

– Install carbon-monoxide detectors and have furnaces, fireplace and woodburning stoves inspected and cleaned annually.

Following these steps should make your home safer for your children and minimize the risk of accidental poisoning.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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