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Poison Prevention For A Safe Home

Household Products

Some of the most common household products can be very hazardous. These include: cleaning substances, laundry products, cosmetics, garden supplies, automotive products, pesticides, toys and hobby materials, fuels, paints and pool products. These products come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Liquids, powders, granules, sprays and aerosols can easily enter the body through the mouth, eyes, nose and skin.

Children are often attracted to the bright colors, interesting containers and sweet-smell of household products. Often household products are mistaken by children for something that is good for them to eat or drink. For example, a liquid cleaner may be mistaken for a juice. Do not rely on the smell or taste of a household product to deter children. Children are known to put anything in their mouths!

Be aware of the products found in and around the home. Make sure they are stored in locked cabinets out of the reach and sight of children.


 Kitchen/Laundry Area  Bathroom   Garage/Basement/Storage  
 Ammonia  Air Fresheners  Antifreeze*
 Bleach  After-Shave Lotions  Insect Killers*
 Carpet/Upholstery cleaners  Colognes/Perfumes  Fertilizers
 Dishwasher Detergents  False Fingernail Removers*  Gasoline
 Disinfectants  Hair Remover  Glues
 Drain Cleaners*  Hair Styling Products Lotions/Creams/Oils  Kerosene
 Fabric Softeners  Hand Sanitizer*  Lighter Fluids
 Floor Cleaners  Makeup  Lime*
 Furniture Polishes  Medications*  Lye*
 Insect Killers*  Mothballs  Paints
 Laundry Detergents  Mouthwash*  Paint Thinners
 Metal Cleaners  Nail-Polish Removers  Pool Supplies
 Oven Cleaners*  Rubbing Alcohol*   Rodent Killers
 Rust Removers  Shampoos  Turpentines
 Scouring Powders  Shaving Creams  Weed Killers*
 Spot Removers  Soaps/Deodorants  Windshield Wiper Fluids*
 Spray Starches  Toilet Bowl Cleaners*  

*The poisons marked with an asterisk (*) can be very dangerous. Be very careful when using and storing these poisons.

Remember, pets can get poisoned too. Dogs and cats are curious, they like to lick and chew. This puts them at risk of being poisoned.

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