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Kitchen Poison Safety

We think of the kitchen as a warm and happy place in our home. But it's also a room with hidden dangers. These include things that could be poisonous, especially for young children. Home Safety Council research shows that more than half of families keep cleaners and chemicals in unlocked places. The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) reports than 92 percent of all poisonings happen in the home every year. To help keep your family safe from poisons in the kitchen:


Home Safety - Kitchen Poison Safety
  • Know the things in your home that are poisons.
Home Safety - Kitchen Poison Safety
  • Look at the labels for the words “Caution”, “Warning”, or “Danger” on the box or bottle.
Home Safety - Kitchen Poison Safety
  • Examples of home products that can be poisonous are cleaners, fuels (such as gasoline), chemicals, lawn and garden products (such as fertilizer) and medicines.
Home Safety - Kitchen Poison Safety
  • Store dangerous products away from food and drinks.
Home Safety - Kitchen Poison Safety
  • Keep all dangerous products in containers they came in, with the labels on.
Home Safety - Kitchen Poison Safety
  • If you have young children, use products with child safety caps.
Home Safety - Kitchen Poison Safety
  • In homes with young children, store dangerous products in a locked cabinet.
Home Safety - Kitchen Poison Safety
  • Have a cover on the trash can.
Home Safety - Kitchen Poison Safety
  • Know to call 1-800-222-1222 if someone takes poison.
  • This number will connect you to emergency help in your area.
Home Safety - Kitchen Poison Safety
  • Keep the number by every phone.
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