PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES
Being prepared for an emergency is the most important part of poison safety. If accidents do occur be sure to know what to do. Save the Poison Help number, 1 (800) 222-1222, on your phone and display it visibly in a common room in your home and at work. Always feel free to call with questions or concerns. All calls are free, confidential, and handled by experts, 24/7/365.
STORE ITEMS SAFELY
Any of the following potential poisonous materials should be stored out of reach and sight from children. Also, store them in their original containers so everyone that contacts the substance knows exactly what it is. If it is not possible to take this precaution, then secure cabinets where substances are stored with child-safe locks. Furthermore, remember that no lock or container is 100% child proof.
- All medications, pharmaceuticals, vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter medications.
- E-cigarette products including liquid nicotine, Tobacco
- All alcoholic beverages and products
- Laundry supplies and cleaning supplies
- All insect repellents and pesticides
- Key fobs, button batteries (like those found in watches and musical greeting cards)
- All oils and lubricants, fragrance oils, engine oils, including tiki torch oils
- Hand sanitizers, contact lens cleaners, and all other personal care products
- All chemical substances
PAY ATTENTION TO LABELS AND DIRECTIONS
Always read labels for potential hazardous substances before using. Before administering medication make a habit of reading the directions for use and follow the correct dosage. Furthermore, be sure to follow the storage safety instructions on the containers. If you have any questions about medications call poison center at 1(800) 222-1222.
PROTECT FROM INVISIBLE DANGERS
Carbon monoxide is a odorless gas that can kill. To protect yourself and your family against this silent killer keep functional carbon monoxide detectors in your home at all times. Along the same lines, be air aware and protect your family from asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fireproof material found in construction materials in homes, schools and other buildings. Asbestos exposure can cause a type of cancer called mesothelioma. Mesothelioma effects between 2,000 and 3,000 new patients every year. Also, check out the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance’s website at https://www.mesothelioma.com/mesothelioma/.
PREPARE FOOD SAFELY
We often do not think about safe food preparation until we hear about someone getting food poisoning or we get it ourselves. Each year approximately 3,000 people die from foodborne illnesses. In order to prepare food safely follow four simple steps.
First, clean your hands and food preparation surfaces consistently. Germs can live in many places around your kitchen.
Second, keep foods separate. Germs can spread from eggs, poultry, seafood, and raw meet to ready to eat foods after long periods of time.
Third, cook foods thoroughly, using a food thermometer to check internal temperatures. Whole beef, lamb, veal, fresh pork, ham, and fin fish should be cooked to 145 Degrees Fahrenheit. Ground beef, veal, pork and lam, and egg dishes should cook to 160 Degrees Fahrenheit. All poultry, leftovers and casseroles should cook to 165 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Finally, chill your food while storing. Keeping your refrigerator below 40 Degrees Fahrenheit will help reduce germ growth and keep food at a safe temperature. It only takes 2 hours for germs to grow on foods, as little as 1 hour in the summer heat.