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  • Your toddler ate pills from grandma's purse
  • You drank a cleaner, not soda
  • You took the dog's medicine

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Tip of the Day

Mothballs are pesticides used to kill fabric pests, such as moths. Mothballs are irritants but can be very dangerous if swallowed. Store and use them out of the reach of children and pets. Read the label to avoid harming people, pets and the environment.

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Poison & Prevention Information

Batteries Cause Devastating Injuries

Swallowed batteries burn through a child's esophagus in just 2 hours, leading to surgery, months with feeding and breathing tubes, and even death. About the size of a nickel, 20 mm, 3-volt lithium coin cells are the most hazardous as they are big enough to get stuck and burn faster. Secure battery compartments and keep loose batteries away from children.

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E-Cigs and Toddlers: Beware

Electronic cigarettes (e-Cigs) are devices made to look like real cigarettes. They contain a battery, a heater, and liquid nicotine. When heated, the nicotine liquid becomes a vapor, which users inhale. Liquid nicotine products contain flavorings and something to help the product vaporize. Liquid nicotine products are very poisonous if swallowed.

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Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Killer

It's not an intriguing or novel hazard, just the persistent, invisible killer: carbon monoxide. Seriously, you still don't have a carbon monoxide alarm in every sleeping area of your home? Get one! And keep fuel-burning appliances in good repair; don't use grills or gasoline-powered tools indoors, and don't run your car in an attached garage or place a generator close to your home.

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What To Know About Pool Chemical Safety

Pool chlorinating products are generally safe when handled properly. The key to avoiding injury at the pool is prevention! Make sure to follow all the safety rules at the pool and follow the instructions for handling all pool chemicals.

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Get help from Poison Control with the webPOISONCONTROL online tool. Use it if you swallow, splash or get stung by something that may be harmful (a poison). Find out more about this Poison Control tool so you're ready in case of a poison emergency.

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Poison Statistics

Age and Gender, Human Poison Exposures Reported to NPDS, 2016

2016 poisoning data age by gender