7 ways keep your kids away from harmful chemicals

(FOX19) - Jerry Wiesenhahn, a specialist at the Drug and Poison Information Center, will be in the studio this morning to demonstrate how to prevent children from accidentally ingesting harmful medication.

More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to poison centers across the nation.

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, approximately 90 percent of poisonings happen at home, and 51 percent involve children under the age of six.

The majority of fatal poisonings occur among adults, especially older adults.

In 2013, the Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center received over 81,000 calls regarding issues that were addressed by the center's trained staff.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have the following tips for preventing poisoning:

  • Keep chemicals in their original bottles or containers.  Do not use food containers such as cups, bottles, or jars to store chemicals such as cleaning solutions or beauty products.
  • Keep all drugs in medicine cabinets or other childproof cabinets that young children cannot reach.
  • Never leave children alone with household products or drugs.
  • Turn on fans and open windows when using chemicals or household cleaners, and never sniff containers to see what is inside.
  • Never share or sell your prescription drugs.
  • Wear protective clothing (gloves, long sleeves, long pants, socks, shoes) if you spray pesticides or other chemicals. Stay away from areas that have been sprayed until the spray has dried or for at least one hour.
  • Never mix household or chemical products together. Doing so can create a dangerous gas.

Tune in 8:15 a.m. to learn more!

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