Sometimes it's easy to forget that the medicines we keep in our homes can be both helpful and dangerous.
Unintentional poisoning is the top cause of unintentional injury adult deaths in the U.S. (surpassing firearms and motor vehicle accident deaths) and nearly all poison deaths are caused by drugs and medications, according to the Illinois Poison Control Center.
Here are the poison center’s tips to prevent poisoning accidents:
— Never store foods and beverages in the same place you store cleaners, medicines and other health care needs, cleaning supplies and automotive products.
— Always read the labels before you use a household or other product or take a medicine.
— Teach your children to ask you before they eat or drink anything.
— When giving medicine to children, don't turn it into a game and NEVER call it candy.
— Keep the poison control center number near your phones and store it in your cell phone: 1-800-222-1222.