In 2008, 94 children ages 14 years and younger died from unintentional poisoning.
Of the approximately 2.5 million poison exposure cases reported to the Poison Control Centers in 2009, children less than 3 years of age were involved in almost 40 percent; more than half of calls involved children ages 5 and younger.
Here are some tips to help keep your children safe from accidental poisoning:
Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms in a central location, outside sleeping areas and on every level of the home.
Test homes built before 1978 for lead-based paint. If lead hazards are identified, have your child tested for lead exposure and hire a professional to control and remove lead sources safely.
Make sure your child does not have access to peeling paint or chewable surfaces painted with lead-based paint.
The Safety Center is a convenient place for local families to buy child safety products at low prices and to get free injury prevention information. Some of the products we carry to help protect your child from accidental poisoning include: