Some of the most common household and personal care products can be very hazardous. These include: cleaning substances, laundry products, cosmetics, garden supplies, automotive products, pesticides, toys, fuels, paints and pool products. These products come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Liquids, powders, granules, sprays and aerosols can easily enter the body through the mouth, eyes, nose and skin.
Children are often attracted to the bright colors, interesting containers and the sweet-smell of household products. Household products are commonly mistaken by children for something that is good for them to eat or drink. For example, a liquid cleaner may be mistaken for a juice. Do not rely on the smell or taste of a household product to deter children.
Tips to Prevent Household Product Poisoning:
- Lock up household cleaners, pesticides, auto products, garage products, and cosmetics where children cannot see or reach them.
- Store chemicals and household products in their original containers.
- Do not reuse empty household containers.
- Post the number to the GPC on all phones