To an adult, the number of poisonous items in one’s household is rarely a thought that crosses the mind. Yet poison control centers across the country receive over 2 million calls annually relating to potential expose to poisons. Most of those calls involve children under the age of four. Yet children are not the only people subject to poisoning. Roughly 77% of poison exposures are unintentional and 66% of poisonings occur in adolescents and adults.
In adults 20 years and older, the greatest culprit of poisoning is medication (these include pain relievers, sedatives, anti-psychotics, antidepressants, cardiovascular drugs and hypnotics) according to the National Capital Poison Center. For children under the age of 6, cosmetics and personal care products, household cleaners and pain medications were the largest contributors to poisonings. The more people are aware of the danger these items hold, the more they can be prepared to prevent them.
To protect children from ingesting any medications, never refer to medicine as “candy.” Refrain from opening medicine bottles in front of children as well, since they learn through imitating. Dangerous products should be kept well out of a child’s reach and all drawers and cabinets should remain locked. Children are wildly curious and their curiosity should never be underestimated.
Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric recommends keeping hazardous materials in their original packaging. Windex, antifreeze, bleach, insecticides and a plethora of other items are indistinguishable from safe substances without proper packaging. This will keep your children and guests from making any unfortunate mistakes. Household products should never be mixed, as they can cause dangerous gasses to form. Poison Control also recommends the same actions for medications and pills. Leaving pills in unlabeled containers is dangerous and should be avoided. The easiest way to prevent poisoning is to be aware of the risks daily household items may pose to those surrounding them.