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Poison Proofing Tips

Here are some helpful hints to help you poison proof where you live, work, or go school.

  • Install safety latches on all cupboards containing harmful products.
  • Keep all products in thier original container.(not in pop bottles, cups etc.)
  • Never refer to medicine as candy.
  • Discard old medicines safely and responsibly. (Don’t pour them down the drain or in the toilet, as they may then contaminate the water supply.)
  • Rinse empty containers and dispose of them properly.
  • Never take or give medicines in the dark.
  • Purchase products with child-resistant caps when possible.
  • Store cleaning supplies out of reach and out of sight of children.
  • Don’t store medicines or cleaning agents near food.
  • Keep poison control center, physician and hospital phone numbers readily available.
  • Keep syrup of ipecac on hand; call your local poison control center, physician or hospital prior to use.

When you are poison proofing your home, or taking a safety tour with young children, consider the following checklist of things to be concerned about. While this is not an exhaustive list, it’s a good starting point.

It can be especially useful when talking with children to ask them to point out poisons. Use this list to get things rolling.

  • dish washing detergent
  • liquid dish soap
  • scouring soap
  • window cleaner
  • oven cleaner
  • medicines
  • vitamins
  • furniture polish
  • drain cleaner/opener
  • ammonia
  • gasoline
  • kerosene
  • car wax/soaps
  • weed killers/pesticides
  • paint
  • windshield washer fluid
  • antifreeze

  • laundry detergent
  • bleach
  • fabric softener
  • dye

  • rat/ant poisons
  • moth balls & sprays

  • alcoholic beverages
  • flaking paint
  • broken plaster

  • cosmetic products
  • shampoo
  • medications
  • cleansers
  • lotions
  • perfume

  • medicines/pain killers
  • cosmetics