Poison prevention tips

Posted by: Judit

2013-11-02

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Here are our tips how you can prevent poisoning at your home:
  • Store medicines and cleaning products in their original containers and away from food
  • Lock medicines and household products where children cannot see or reach them
  • Use extra child-resistant packaging – don’t rely on packaging
  • Use medicine only as directed by your doctor or the label
  • Never share or sell your prescription drugs
  • Never prepare or give medication to a child in the dark (you may give the wrong dosage)
  • Try to keep a record of how many pills are left in a prescription container
  • Call medicine by its proper name, not “candy”
  • Identify poisonous plants in your house and garden and place them out of reach of children
  • Wear protective clothing (gloves) if you spray pesticides or other chemicals
  • Never mix household products together (can cause dangerous gases to form)
  • When you’re cleaning or using household chemicals, never leave the bottles unattended if there’s a small child present
  • Don’t leave alcoholic drinks where kids can reach them
  • Discard used button cell batteries safely (alkaline substances are poisonous)

Remain calm and call the ambulance and give the following information:

  • the victim’s age and weight
  • the container or bottle of the poison if available
  • the time of the poison exposure
  • the address where the poisoning occurred

Stay on the phone and follow the instructions from the emergency operator or poison control center

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