Accidental poisonings at home are a serious problem, but a study finds most Americans aren’t taking the simple steps needed to prevent accidental poisoning.
According to the Home Safety Council, accidental poisoning is the second leading cause of home injury death in the United States. Yet, a new survey by the Council found that only one percent of Americans ranked poisoning at the top of the list of home safety concerns. Less than 20% had locks on cabinets or have the phone number for the Poison Control Hotline posted.
Poisons can be found in any room of the home, but are most commonly located under the kitchen sink, in the bathroom and in storage areas including the garage, basement and laundry room. To prevent accidental poisoning, The Home Safety Council recommends a home walk-through. Take a look in every room and pay careful attention to the rooms where harmful products are most commonly stored.