Poison Prevention

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POISONINGS

A poison is anything that becomes harmful when used in the wrong way, in the wrong amount or by the wrong person. Products found in the home are responsible for most accidental poisonings among children and adults.

 

Factors that contribute to a poisoning:

  • Household products/cleaners are not stored away immediately after use.
  • Products are removed from their original container and stored in a food or drink container. Not following directions when using a product.
  • Taking more than one medication with the same active ingredient.
  • Doses of medication taken too close together. Taking the incorrect dose of medication.
  • Using the incorrect measuring device, such as a kitchen spoon, for medicine. Double dosing on a medication.
  • Taking someone else’s prescription medicine.
  • Children left unsupervised around indoor and outdoor plants.

 

 Prevention Tips:

  • Keep household products/cleaners in their original containers with the label.
  • Store household products/cleaners up, and away from the reach of children.
  • Always read and follow directions when using household products.
  • Immediately store away products after use.
  • Never take a prescription medication that was not prescribed to you.
  • Never refer to medicine as candy or juice.
  • Use the over-the-sink rule when giving/taking medicine so that any dropped or spilled medicine falls into the sink rather than the floor.
  • Always store medication up, locked, and away from the reach of children.
  • Each time you are giving or taking medication, read the medicine label to confirm information such as the name of the medicine and the dosage.
  • Always use the correct measuring device (i.e. Syringe, measuring cup) for medications.
  • Clean out medicine cabinets regularly and dispose of expired or unneeded medications.
  • Store purses/bags up and away from the reach of children.
  • Know the names of all your plants, indoors and outdoors.
  • Don’t assume that a plant is safe to eat because wildlife eats it.
  • Keep indoor plants away from the reach of children.
  • Supervise children when outdoors to ensure that they do not consume plants.