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Poisonings

“Injuries are Predictable and Preventable”

Fact:

Medication in the home is the leading cause of poisoning in children. Small amounts of adult medication can be fatal to your child. Other causes of poisonings are household cleaners and personal care products, such as mouthwash and nail polish.

What Can I Do?

  • Keep all potential poisons locked up and out of reach of children. As your child grows, they become moreactive and can more easily reach and open cabinets. Medicines, cleaning products and other poisons need to be locked in a place high up and out of your child's reach.
  • Store cleaning products in the home and garage out of reach in their original containers.
  • Keep all medication in original child-resistant packaging.
  • Never refer to medicine as candy.
  • Always read the label and check the dosage each time you give or take medicine.
  • Learn the names of plants you have and give away or discard any that are poisonous.
  • Ensure that ashtrays or glasses with alcoholic drinks in them are out of reach of children and emptied after use. A child can become very ill by a small amount of alcohol and can be poisoned by a cigarette butt.
  • When visitors come to your home, make sure they keep their purses, bags, etc. out of your child's reach. They may have dangerous or unsafe products with them.
  • Keep the number of your local poison control centre near the phone. In the event that your child is potentially poisoned, contact you regional poison information centre. If your province or territory does not have a poison control centre, dial 911.
For more information, click on the following link: Parachute – Poison Prevention.
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