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poisonCuriosity is a natural stage of children's development, but it also puts the child at greater risk of unintentional poisoning. Although household cleaners are a frequent cause of poisoning, children can also be fatally poisoned by iron, alcohol, and carbon monoxide. In Maricopa County, between 1998 and 2002, there were 5 deaths and 104 near fatal poisonings in children ages 0 to 14. The highest age range was 1 to 4 years. By proper prevention efforts, the majority of these poisonings could be avoided.


Poison Dangers In and Around the Home


  • Medicines and vitamins both for the child and other family members

  • Cleaning solutions

  • Certain plants

  • Lead-based paint used in homes built before 1978

  • Products put in something other than its original container

  • Alcohol

  • Mixing different cleaning products together

  • Make-up, hair spray, cologne, and other personal products


Safety Tips for Parents


  • Store all household products and medications locked out of sight and out of the reach of children.

  • Keep all products in original containers.

  • Know which plants in and around your home are poisonous, and either remove them or make them inaccessible to children.

  • Throw away old medicines and other potential poisons.

  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

  • If your home was built before 1978, have it tested for lead-based paint.

  • Keep activated charcoal on hand, and use it only at the advice of a poison control center or physician.

  • Teach grandparents and relatives to take precautions when children are visiting their homes.


What Parents Should Teach Kids


  • Never put leaves, stems, bark, seeds, nuts, or berries from any plant into their mouth.

  • Never refer to medicine or vitamins as "candy".


If you suspect a poisoning:


Call the toll-free poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

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