During the month of March, national emphasis is placed on poison prevention. Let’s first take a look at a poison that is invisible to us, yet potentially deadly.
It is critical that you have a CO detector in your home and, like your smoke detectors, change the batteries each year in the spring or fall when you change the time on your clocks. This is the most important way to keep you and your family safe. For more precautionary actions you can take, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Other harmful poisons are the everyday items found in most homes, such as household cleaners and medicines. Medication dosing mistakes and unsupervised ingestions are common ways that children are poisoned. It is up to us adults to ensure that these products are locked away and out of the reach of curious children.
Every day, over 300 children in the U.S. ages 0–19, are treated in an emergency department for ingesting harmful products and medications. Sadly, two out of these 300 children die as a result of this type of poisoning.
The CDC has common sense tips for preventing accidental poisonings in your home, as well as what to do in the case of such an emergency.
Most people with a foodborne illness recover without medical treatment, but anyone with severe symptoms should see their doctor.