Hidden dangers focus of Poison Prevention Week

By: Katherine Rufener Email
By: Katherine Rufener Email

Every year, more than two-million poisonings are reported across the country and more than 90 percent of them happen in the home.

This week, officials are asking you to check for hidden dangers as part of National Poison Prevention Week.

Clay Fire Marshal Dave Cherrone recommends keeping medications in the bottles they came in; do not put them in plastic bags.

Also, beware of look-a-like products, such as children's gummy vitamins that look like gummy bears, and Excedrin pills which can look like red hots or chocolate-covered candy.

When buying toothpaste, especially for children, search for fluoride-free brands.

If you think someone has been poisoned, especially a child, you can call a national 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222 to be connected to your local poison control center. If someone is experiencing nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing or is unconscious, call 911 first.

For more information about hidden dangers in your home, go to the Big Red Bar.

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