Poison Prevention Week is a good time to lock up certain household products
Consumer Reports News: March 19, 2012 01:53 PM
For National Poison Prevention Week (March 18-24), now in its 50th year, experts are reminding families to keep their homes safe for children by securing medicines, chemicals, and pesticides in locked cabinets.
Poisons don't have to be ingested to be dangerous, and they can come in solid, liquid, or sprayable forms. Some are even invisible.
More than 150,000 calls to poison centers each year involve pesticides and disinfectants. The most-common exposures to children include cosmetics and personal care products, pain medication, and cleaning products.
Proper storage is key to prevent poisoning:
Store household products and medicines in locked cabinets that a child can't reach.
Do not store them over stoves or ovens.
Keep medicines in child-resistant containers.
Every household product should be in its original container with the label intact. In the event of a poisoning, you will need to give the poison-control center vital information listed on the container and on the label.