It’s easy to overlook the potential dangers that everyday products in our home may have on our health. We get used
to storing cleaning supplies in lower cabinets, leaving toothpaste out within reach and letting our medicine cabinets fill up—often not thinking about the potential risks many of these products can pose to our families. According to the American Association
of Poison Control Centers, the vast majority (nearly 90%) of all exposures occur at home.
Jerrold Leikin, MD, Medical Toxicologist at NorthShore, provides a short list of some of the most dangerous household products and things that lead to exposure:
Dr. Leikin recommends the following to help reduce your risk of exposure:
If you or someone you know has been exposed to a poison, call the Illinois Poison Center immediately at 1.800.222.1222. For more information about poison prevention and exposures, visit the
NorthShore Medical Toxicology website.
How do you safeguard your home to reduce poison exposure?
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?