While most families are aware of the most common types of poisons that may be lurking in the cupboards of our homes, we tend to sometimes overlook the most uncommon poisons that can be a danger to our children such as plants.
- First, a reminder of the common ones:
- Cleaning products
- Automotive products like windshield washer fluid and antifreeze
- Insect repellants
- Products intended for pets such as flea and tick treatments
- Swimming pool chemicals
- Mold and mildew killing products
- Health and Beauty products like shampoos, conditioners and cosmetics
- Weed killers and other lawn care products
Preventing poisoning in your home can be accomplished by keeping these harmful products under lock and key.
Among the uncommon poisons are the plants that children come in contact with in and around our home. These include:
- Apricot kernels
- Calla Lily
- Chinese Evergreen
- Dumb Cane
- Elephant’s Ear
- English Ivy
- Fishtail Palm
- Holly Berries
- Jerusalem Cherry
- Mountain laurel
- Rosary Pea
- Yew (holiday greens)
Also among these poisonous plants are any of the wild mushrooms you may see growing around your yard. Some species can cause death if ingested! Always keep plants up and out of the reach of little fingers
Here are a few more tips:
- Store chemicals and pesticides in locked cabinets away from children (and pets too!)
- Use the safest products you can – sometimes “green” products are a safer alternative, but not always.
- Be sure the lids on all products are replaced and tightened after every use.
- If you are using any type of insect or rodent trap, keep them out of the reach of children or assure that they are tamper resistant and child-proof.
- Do not transfer chemicals or cleaners out of their original containers.
- Help your children to identify poisons around your home. Products that are poisonous can be labeled with a sticker that children can recognize as meaning it is not to be touched.
If you suspect that your child may have come into contact with a poisonous substance call The American Association of Poison Control Centers immediately. They’re available 24/7. That number is 1-800-222-1222