Stoves and Heaters
One of many hazards children face in the home is the potential for accidental poisoning. Nearly 90 percent of all poisonings occur at a child’s own home. In roughly half of all cases involving accidental poisoning, the individual is under 5 years of age. To limit the potential for such tragedies, caretakers are encouraged to store potential poisons (including medications, alcohol, houseplants, and cleaning agents) out of reach and out of sight of children. Items that would otherwise be within reach of a child should be stowed in cabinets or drawers using child-resistance locking devices. Should an accident occur, use the Poison Control hotline (1-800-222-1222) and 911 for immediate assistance. Both phone numbers should be in highly visible locations for quick reference.