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Household Products

The most common poisons are products you use in your house every day. A poison is any substance that can cause sickness or death if it gets into or on your body.

You and your family can be poisoned by household products if you:

  • Eat or drink them
  • Breathe them in
  • Get them in your eyes
  • Get them on your skin

Cleaning products are one of the most common forms of poisoning for children under the age of 6.

Dangerous household products include:

  • Antifreeze
  • Bleach
  • Detergents
  • Drain cleaners
  • Furniture polish
  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene
  • Lamp oil
  • Oven cleaners
  • Pesticides
  • Toilet bowl cleaners
  • Windshield solution

Personal care products can also be dangerous.

24-hour Poison Control Center hotline: 1-800-222-1222

Protect your family

Follow these tips to keep your family safe:

  • Always keep products in their original containers. Store them out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Follow the instructions on labels. Many products can be dangerous if you use too much.
  • After use, close containers tightly, and put them in a locked cabinet.
  • Don’t use products that leave powder or pellets in areas where children or pets can get into them.
  • Keep children out of the area when insecticides and other garden chemicals are being sprayed.

Take action if you think someone has been poisoned

If you suspect someone has been poisoned by a household product, call The University of Kansas Hospital Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.


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