Real Estate Reference At Least 40 Household Products Can Poison Your Child
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  Every few seconds U.S. poison centers receive a call about someone being exposed to a poison. Forty percent of those cases involve a child under three years old.

According to the National Safety Council, more than 50 percent of over a million poisoning incidents each year involve children under six years of age.

The Environmental Protection Agency urges everyone to lock up pesticides and other household chemicals in a high cabinet out of the reach of children. In a childhood poison prevention program, EPA and the American Association of Poison Control Centers send the simple message "Lock It Up" to adults everywhere.

The campaign also publicizes the national toll-free poison center phone number 1-800-222-1222 for immediate help if a child may have been poisoned.

So many poisons!

Over 75 percent of poisoned children swallow the toxic substance or item involved, and in most poisonings, the substance is something found around almost every home: prescription drugs, non-prescription pain killers, vitamins, cosmetics, and personal care and cleaning products. A large portion of poisonings also involve house plants, tobacco products and alcohol.

Check your home for toxic products or items a child can reach:

- Bathroom: medicines, toilet cleaners, antibacterial cleaners, air fresheners, drain cleaners, mold and mildew remover, and some cosmetics.

- Kitchen: glass cleaner, antibacterial cleaner, dishwashing detergent, all-purpose cleaner, insect sprays, oven cleaner, and ant or roach baits.
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