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Tips For Preventing Accidental Poisonings

The National Safety Council is reporting that more than 90% of all poisonings happen at home.  Cosmetics and personal care products lead the list of most common substances implicated in pediatric poison exposures.  HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital is offering some tips on how to prevent accidental poisoning. 


According to the most recent data from the NSC, one poison exposure was reported to US poison control centers every 15 seconds in 2020. March 19th-March 25th is National Poison Prevention Week, and HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital is reminding everyone about the dangers of medicine, chemicals, and other products, and how to keep your loved ones safe.


If you encounter anyone who has potentially been exposed to poisonous substances, Call 9-1-1 if they are unconscious or having difficulty breathing, remain calm, and contact the poison control helpline. Online help is available at poison.org or by phone at 1-800-222-1222. Both options are free, confidential, and staffed by experts.  


Some tips include placing household cleaning products up and away, out of children’s reach and sight.  Keep all household cleaning products in their original containers. Check your home for products that might be harmful to kids like cleaning supplies, liquid laundry packets, plants, pesticides, alcohol, and medicine. Be aware of any medications or makeup that may be in your purse, laptop bag, or backpack. Never call medicine candy, to get a child to take it when needed.


For more information on how to protect yourself and loved ones, visit www.poison.org. 

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