National Poison Prevention Week takes place during the third full week of March each year. As you prepare for spring cleaning and working in the yard, keep these poison prevention tips in mind.
Store household cleaners and chemicals out of reach of children and pets and away from food items. Make sure to leave them in the containers they were purchased in. Read and follow directions for using and disposing of these products. If products are old or outdated, do not use them.
Don’t mix chemicals, household cleaners, or detergents as this can create a poisonous gas. When using cleaning products or chemicals indoors, open windows and turn on fans to increase ventilation.
Pesticides can be extremely poisonous and may be inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Read and follow all label instructions carefully when using these products. If you spray an area, keep everyone away from that area for at least an hour or until the spray has dried. If you do get pesticides on your skin, rinse with running water for 15 to 20 minutes.
Wear protective clothing if you need to use buy spray or other spray products. Remove and wash your clothing after using chemicals. Poisonous mushrooms grow in yards and parks. Eating even a few bites of certain types of mushrooms can cause potentially fatal liver damage.
More than 90% of poisonings occur at home. Many poison risks can be hidden in plain sight. Knowing what to do in case of a poison emergency is important. If you need poison control assistance, you can call (800) 222-1222 at any time to be directed to the correct resources.
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