We’re all busy and keeping tabs on the safety of our homes often falls by the wayside
when calendars fill up quickly with day-to-day activities like getting the kids to school on time and shuttling them back and forth to practices and events. But, it’s incredibly important to make time to ensure the safety of your home.
risks are easy to spot but there are some you can’t see at all. Carbon monoxide is very dangerous and because the gas is odorless and colorless, it's hard to detect without proper monitoring. Now that frigid temperatures have settled in for the
winter and furnaces are working overtime, it’s even more important to make sure your family is well-protected from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Leikin, MD, Medical Toxicologist, shares five household safety requirements:
Do you have a carbon monoxide detector in your home? How frequently do you check it?
Molly, a supposedly pure form of the drug MDMA, is seeing a spike in use among young people. Users of Molly see it as a safe,
inexpensive drug with few long-term negative side effects, like addiction. Many celebrities, including most recently Miley Cyrus, have quite literally been singing its praises.
But Molly, known previously in the 1980s and ‘90s as Ecstasy, is an illegal drug and it comes with many risks. A mind-altering drug that is a stimulant and hallucinogenic, it boosts both serotonin and dopamine levels in the body. Users of the drug report
feelings of happiness, euphoria, empathy, decreased anxiety and fear, as well as enhanced sensory perception, which makes it a popular dance club drug.
Jerrold Leikin, MD, Medical Toxicology and Emergency Medicine at NorthShore, dispels some of the myths surrounding Molly:
How do you talk to your kids about drugs?
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?