The vast majority of poison exposures occur in the household. In fact, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, nearly 90 percent of all exposures are home exposures. These typically involve ingestion of household products (cosmetics, cleaning supplies and personal care items), as well as drug interactions, food poisoning, and acute overdoses of prescription and non-prescription drugs. Jerry Leikin, MD, a Medical Toxicologist at NorthShore, recommends the following steps for helping to reduce your and your family’s risk of poison exposure:
What precautionary methods do you employ at your house to reduce your risk to poisons? Do you frequently make changes to your home environment to safeguard your home?