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Infographic Poison Prevention Tips - All Information Included in Body of Blog PostPoisoning is a serious issue in the United States, especially for young children. Every 13 seconds, a poison control center receives a phone call reporting exposure to toxic chemicals or substances, and more than 90 percent of these occurrences happen at home, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC reports that more than 300 children in the United States are treated in emergency rooms for poisoning every day.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention offer poison prevention tips to help you and your family stay safe and healthy.

Poison Prevention Tips

Protect your children from ingesting or being exposed to harmful chemicals by assessing your home and properly storing poisonous substances.

  • Be aware that poisons can be found in household products like pesticides, art supplies, cleaning materials, and cosmetics, all of which rank in the top 10 poison exposures in children under five. Potentially toxic household products include:
    • Bleach;
    • Household paint;
    • Laundry and dish detergent;
    • Medications;
    • Nail polish; and
    • Perfume.
  • Poison-proof your home.
    • Lock up all hazardous materials or keep them out of reach of children.
    • Keep household products and medications in the original packaging with the labels on them.
    • Buy child-resistant packaging if available.
    • Do not leave children unattended with household products or medications.
  • Read the labels of medicines and other household products and follow package directions.
  • Check your home for lead paint.
    • According to the Massachusetts Lead Law, homes built before 1978 must be inspected for lead paint. If lead is found and a child under 6 years old lives there, the home must be deleaded.

The Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention has additional information on poison prevention. By evaluating and poison-proofing your home, you can reduce your children’s risk of accidental exposure to harmful substances.

If you believe your little one has been poisoned, call the center’s Poison Help Hotline at (800) 222-1222 (TTY: [888] 244-5313). If your child has collapsed or is not breathing, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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