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Control Poisons in the Home

Graham Marshall - Saturday, March 23, 2013

A poison is any substance that can cause harmful effects to the human body.

Millions of people are unintentionally poisoned each year.  Children are at greatest risk around the home.

So to ensure your family is safe from poisons, implement these simple tips:

+   Keep all potential poisons (e.g., chemicals, medicines) in their original containers and with their original label(s);

+   Place poisons out of sight and out of reach of children (and in a locked cabinet if at all possible);

+   Never leave children alone with household products or medicines (e.g., don't answer the telephone if giving medication to a child);

+   Know which household and garden plants are toxic and keep them away from your home;

+   Take time to teach children some "rules" for poisons; and

+   Keep the number of your local poison control center on or near your telephone.

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