Household Poisons

Household Products can Poison Kids

Common household products, such as bleach and laundry detergent were a leading cause of unintentional poisonings in New York City last year, prompting a fourth of all calls to the city's Poison Control Center. The city's Poison Control Center received nearly 70,000 calls in 2010, 40% of which were for children under five. About 90% of poisonings occur in the home.

Keep cleaners, medicines and cosmetics out of children's reach or locked in cabinets. If you suspect a poisoning has happened or have questions about medicine safety, call 212-POISONS right away. Do not wait for symptoms. The poison specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are free of charge. Translator services are available.

Store household cleaners and pesticides away from children. Learn more about preventing unintentional poisonings .

Top Reasons for Calls to Poison Control Center forChildren Under Five (2010)
Hazard Examples Number of Calls
1. Cosmetic/personal care hand soap, shampoo 2,362
2. Household Cleaners Bleach, ammonia, detergent 1,677
3. Analgesics ibuprofen, acetaminophen 1,554
4. Foreign Bodies silica packets from bags/shoes 1,456
5. Topical diaper rash cream, petroleum jelly 1,288
6. Vitamins tablets 672
7. Pesticide/Rodenticides bait pellets 593
8. Arts/Crafts crayons, glue 561
9. Cough & Cold cough syrup, cold medicine 513
10. Antihistamines tablets 447

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