Lifewatch: Poison prevention

Reported by Claire Hosmann - email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

(WECT) - Poisons are everywhere.  They can be found in your garage, your kitchen, your bathroom, or in any room of your home, so it's important to know how to stay safe.

More than 2 million accidental poisonings are reported each year, and nearly all of them happen at home.

Pediatric emergency physician Dr. Martin Belson said that's not all.

"The fact is over half of all calls to poison centers about poison exposures occur in children less than 6 years of age," said Belson.

Belson said he's seen many young children who have overdosed on cough and cold medications and ingest cosmetics and household cleaners.

"Kids are quick and I mean you know you turn your back for just a minute and accidents do happen," said Belson.

Belson urges parents to take precautions, lock up poisons, and only store them in their original containers.

"I've seen cases of a child who drank from a Coke bottle that had liquid detergent in it," said Belson.

If a poisoning does occur and the victim is not breathing, call 911.  If the person is awake and alert, dial poison control at, 1-800-222-1222 and have the container of poison available, time of exposure and the victim's age and weight.

To find a local poison control center near you, click here.