Although we know data is still coming in, we have observed many households have increased their use of cleaning and disinfecting products. Between January 1 and March 31, 2020, the CDC reported a 20% increase in calls to poison control centers regarding cleaner and disinfectant exposures.
However, while most people think of household chemicals when thinking about poisoning prevention, potential everyday items such as medicines and vitamins, batteries, personal care products, and tobacco and e-cigarette products can be poisonous to children as well.
These injuries are preventable. Prevention Tips include:
- Lock medicines and toxic products up and away, in their original packages.
Store the national poison control number 1-800-222-1222 in your cellphone and have it near every other phone in your home
- Read the label and carefully follow any directions/warnings on medicines when giving them to children
Learn more about poisoning prevention at the resources below: