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Mixed up your meds? Found a loose pill? Worried that your refill looks different? Fortunately, most medications can be identified from the letters and numbers imprinted on the pill.
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Although some are sweet and come in playful shapes, medications are not candy. Never entice your child to take his medicine or vitamin by calling it “candy” or a “treat”. That approach may make it easier to get one dose in, but it may also lead to a poisoning later.
Swallowed batteries burn through a child's esophagus in just 2 hours, leading to surgery, months with feeding and breathing tubes, and even death. About the size of a nickel, 20 mm, 3-volt lithium coin cells are the most hazardous as they are big enough to get stuck and burn faster. Secure battery compartments and keep loose batteries away from children.
Electronic cigarettes (e-Cigs) are devices made to look like real cigarettes. They contain a battery, a heater, and liquid nicotine. When heated, the nicotine liquid becomes a vapor, which users inhale. Liquid nicotine products contain flavorings and something to help the product vaporize. Liquid nicotine products are very poisonous if swallowed.
It's not an intriguing or novel hazard, just the persistent, invisible killer: carbon monoxide. Seriously, you still don't have a carbon monoxide alarm in every sleeping area of your home? Get one! And keep fuel-burning appliances in good repair; don't use grills or gasoline-powered tools indoors, and don't run your car in an attached garage or place a generator close to your home.
A clean home provides a healthy environment for your family, but household cleaning products can contain hazardous chemicals. Acid, alkali, bleach, polish, detergent? It's important to be aware of the most common cleaner ingredients, what they are intended (and not intended) to do, and how to use them safely.
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Learn the Poison Help jingle in English or Spanish. Use it to teach the U.S. poison control number 1-800-222-1222! There are 55 poison centers in the U.S. Your call will be routed to the center that serves you, based on your area code and exchange. The jingle is available for download. Play it over and over until it "sticks"!
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