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|
|7. Pesticide/Rodenticides||bait pellets||593|
|8. Arts/Crafts||crayons, glue||561|
|9. Cough & Cold||cough syrup, cold medicine||513|