NOT EVERYTHING IN THE USA HOME OR OFFICE HAS A SAFETY DATA SHEET ATTACHED TO IT AND WHEN SECONDS COUNT YOU MAY WANT TO START DIALING
Poisons are all around us and can affect anyone, anywhere at any time of life. Protect yourself and others from being poisoned by learning what a poison is, who is at risk, and how to prevent a poisoning from happening. http://poisonhelp.hrsa.gov/poison-info/index.html
A poison is anything that can harm someone if it is
1) used in the wrong way,
2) used by the wrong person, or
3) used in the wrong amount. Some poisons may be harmful if they come into direct contact with your eyes or skin. Others may be toxic if you breathe them or swallow them. Poisons can come in four forms: solids (such as pain medicine pills or tablets), liquids (such as household cleaners, including bleach), sprays (such as spray cleaners) and gases (such as carbon monoxide, or CO).
For help in a poisoning emergency, call the Poison Help line, 1-800-222-1222, which connects you to your local poison center.
Unintentional poisonings were the leading cause of injury death in the USA surpassing motor vehicle crashes. Here are some common poison look-a-likes you may find around your home: 1. Gummy Bears vs. Gummy Vitamins 2. Chocolate vs. Laxatives 3. Sports Drinks & Juice vs. Household Cleaners & Mouthwash 4. Candy vs. Laundry or Dishwasher Pods 5. Gum vs. Nicotine Gum 6. Water vs. Bleach or Rubbing Alcohol 7. Shredded Beef Jerky vs. Chewing Tobacco 8. Kraft Parmesan Cheese Container vs. Comet Cleanser Container 9. Toothpaste vs. bathtub caulking 10.Eye Drops vs. Superglue Chemical
Be sure to: · Label harmful products and place them out of reach of children · Avoid moving poisons or chemicals from their original container · Lead by example and use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when handling chemicals · Keep the telephone number of the Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) in a place easy to locate in case of an emergency.