According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an emergency call is made to U.S. poison control centers every 13 seconds, and 40% of those calls involve injuries to children under three years of age. More than 77,000 of those calls typically involve poisonings by common household pesticides. The EPA recognizes March 16 – 22 as National Poison Prevention Week, and offers the following home safety information to help prevent poisonings in the home this year:
Common chemical-containing products in U.S. homes:
"bath and kitchen disinfectants and sanitizers, including bleach
household cleaning or maintenance products, such as drain cleaner, paints, or glues
automotive products stored around the home, such as anti-freeze or windshield washer fluid
health or beauty care products such as medicines, hair and nail products
roach sprays and baits
rat and other rodent poisons
products used to kill mold or mildew
flea and tick shampoos, powders, and dips for pets
swimming pool chemicals"
Steps you can take to prevent poisonings:
"Always store household products in a locked cabinet or garden shed away from both your children’s and pet’s reach.
Read the product label first and follow the directions to the letter.
Use the safest possible cleaning products. Look for the Design for the Environment (DfE) label on products.
Never leave products unattended when you are using them.
Re-close products if interrupted during application (e.g., phone call, doorbell, etc.).
Use child-resistant packaging properly by closing the container tightly after use.
Never transfer pesticides to other containers; children may associate certain containers with food or drink.
Remove children, pets, and toys before applying pesticides (inside or outside the home). Follow label directions to determine when children and pets can re-enter the area that has been treated.
Never use illegal pesticides (e.g., Tres Pasitos, unregistered Insecticidal Chalk, or Tempo). These products have not been reviewed by EPA and their use may pose a danger to public health. Always look for an EPA Registration ID number on the label. (Example: EPA Reg. No. 500-123456)
Post the Poison Control Centers’ national hotline number, 1-800-222-1222, near your phone. Program the number into your phone’s "address book" or redial feature."
Previously on the DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog, we have posted articles related to:
- Year-round safe parenting tips for 2008
- Cough and cold medicine overdoses found to contribute significantly to pediatric ER visits
- Indications that many dental prosthetics contain dangerous levels of lead
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