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Longer Periods of Indoor Time?  NC Poison Control Encourages Awareness of Poison Hazards at Home

Many people are experiencing more time indoors due to quarantining and stay-at-home orders.  This may also mean an interruption in normal family routines.  Unfortunately, poisoning exposures often occur when routines are disrupted.    

Everyday household items can turn into poisons if they’re used by the wrong person, in the wrong amount, or in the wrong way.

Common products that children can get into include:

  • Personal care products (like mouthwash, lotions, and sanitizer)

  • Cleaning products

  • Over-the-counter or prescription medications

  • Home improvement and artistic materials

  • Foreign objects (like silica gel packets, glow sticks, and coins)

NC Poison Control recommends that people consider the everyday items they use.  Keep household products and cleaners up and away and out of children’s sight.  NC Poison Control has created this room-by-room Home Safety Checklist to review potentially poisonous items in the home.  Click here to download or order the Home Safety Checklist.  

To prevent accidental poisoning:

  • Store personal care products, medicines, and cleaners up and away and out of sight.

  • Keep purses, handbags, or backpacks that contain medicines or personal care products up and away from children.

  • Teach young children not to touch or taste a product without a trusted adult’s permission.  Colorful and pleasant-smelling products can be appealing to children. 

  • Remember that children like to imitate adult behavior.

  • When giving children medicine, double check morning and evening medications to prevent double dosing. 

We know that accidents happen.  If you suspect a poisoning, call NC Poison Control anytime at 1-800-222-1222 to speak with a nurse or pharmacist for immediate help.

 

Order an e-cigarette brochure from North Carolina Poison Control

North Carolina Poison Control has a new brochure available to help you navigate some of the information, or misinformation, you may be hearing about e-cigarettes.

The brochure equips you with facts about e-cigarettes and provides tips about how to approach the subject of vaping with the teens in your life.  You’ll also find out what to do in the event an e-cigarette poisoning is suspected.    

Parents with young children, this brochure is for you, too.  Children are at risk for e-cigarette poisoning if they come in contact with e-cigarette products.

Anyone in North Carolina can order a free e-cigarette brochure as a part of our teen pack.  Click here to order a teen pack. 

You can also click here to download or print the brochure.