A poison is any substance, including medications, that is harmful to your body if too much is eaten, inhaled, injected, or absorbed through the skin.
An unintentional poisoning occurs when a person taking or giving too much of a substance did not mean to cause harm.
So many products and packages look alike! It can be easy to mistake a potential poison for a safe product that you use every day.
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Most poison exposures occur when the product is in use. Below are a few tips to help you reduce the chance of poison exposure in your home or workplace.
- Store all household products and medicines out of reach and out of sight of small children and pets.
- Store all medicines separately from household products and household chemicals away from food.
- Always read the label before using and follow the instructions on medicines, cleaners, pesticides, automotive, lawn and garden products for their proper use.
Warning: First Aid instructions on product labels are often incorrect or dangerous.
- Never store potential poisons in containers used for eating and drinking. Store all potential poisons in their original, labeled containers. Leave the original labels on all products.
- Never refer to medicine as candy to a young child.
- Avoid taking medication in front of small children.
- Turn on a light when taking or giving medication.
- When you are using household chemical products and medicines, never let them out of your sight, even if you must take them along when answering the telephone or doorbell.
- Clean out your medicine cabinet periodically.
- Use child resistant closures.
- Remember that carbon monoxide exposures are considered a poisoning.
For more information visit http://poisoncontrol.utah.edu/