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Tip of the Day

E-Cigs? A growing new trend in nicotine use in the United States is electronic cigarettes. Common names are "e-Cigs" or "vapor cigarettes." They contain liquid nicotine. Such products are extremely dangerous if swallowed and must be locked away, out of reach and sight of children or pets.

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Poison & Prevention Information

Batteries Cause Devastating Injuries

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.

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E-Cigs and Toddlers: Beware

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.

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Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Killer

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.

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The Baby Ate a Bath Bomb!

When used as directed, bath bombs and bath fizzies are safe. Skin irritation can occur in some people and eye irritation is expected to occur if splashed in the eyes. Unintentional ingestion of small amounts is expected to cause minor effects such as oral irritation, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Swallowing larger amounts has the potential to cause serious toxicity.

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Poison Statistics

Age and Gender, Human Poison Exposures Reported to NPDS, 2016

age by gender 2016 poisoning data