Here are the basic poison prevention tips that every person should check during National Poison Prevention Week:
- Use child-resistant packaging properly by closing the container securely after each use.
- Keep all chemicals and medicines locked up and out of sight.
- Call the poison center immediately in case of poisoning. Keep on hand a bottle of ipecac syrup but use it only if the poison center instructs you to induce vomiting.
- When products are in use, never let young children out of your sight, even if you must take them along when answering the phone or doorbell.
- Keep items in original containers.
- Leave the original labels on all products, and read the label before using.
- Do not put decorative lamps and candles that contain lamp oil where children can reach them. Lamp oil can be very toxic if ingested by young children.
- Always leave the light on when giving or taking medicine. Check the dosage every time.
- Avoid taking medicine in front of children. Refer to medicine as "medicine," not "candy."
- Clean out the medicine cabinet periodically and safely dispose of unneeded and outdated medicines.
To get a free packet of poison prevention publications, write to "Poison Prevention Packet," CPSC, Washington, DC 2020