Our homes are our oasis, a safe and comforting place. Yet, sometimes we unwittingly endanger ourselves and with unsafe items. The Week of March 14 – 20 is National Poison Prevention Week. Poisonings occur each year preventing thousands of seniors from aging in place.
Senior citizens are at increased risk for medication poisoning because they often take multiple medications. Prevent medication poisoning by:
Medications aren’t the only source of poisonings in the home. According to the EPA, every 13 seconds, the US Poison Control Centers get calls regarding poison exposure
Carbon Monoxide poisoning is a serious problem and can kill before someone even realizes that they’ve been poisoned. Senior citizens, children, and those with heart and lung problems are at increased risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.
Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning include:
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be of greater concern in the winter when people are heating their homes. Carbon monoxide gas can be produced from:
Simple steps can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your home. They include:
Everyday cleaning products can be a source of poisoning as well. Mixing bleach and ammonium creates deadly chlorine gas. Prevent poisonings from household products by:
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