Poisons come in many shapes, sizes, forms
and colors. A poison is a substance that can make you (or an animal) sick or or even cause death
if you eat, breathe or touch it. There are many common household
products and medicines that can be harmful if used the wrong way or if
used in the wrong amounts.
Four forms of poison are:
Medicines: All drugs, whether they are prescription or over-the-counter, can be
dangerous if used incorrectly therefore, medicine should be stored out
of reach of children in locked cabinets and in tightly closed child
resistant containers. Some dangerous medicines are
Acetaminophen containing products (Tylenol), antibiotics,
antispetics (rubbing alcohol), antacids, aspirin-containing
products, cough & cold medicines, ibuprofen-containing products (Advil),
iron pills, laxatives, sleeping aids, street drugs,
tranquilizers, psychotherapeutics (antidepressants), vitamins.
Household products: Cleaning, home maintenance, laundry, automobiles, and gardening
products, as well as cosmetics, personal hygiene and art/hobby supplies
can be extremely dangerous. Some dangerous household products that
should be stored out of the reach of children or locked in a cabinet are:
Cleaning Products: air freshener, ammonia, bleach,
carpet/floor cleaner, dishwashing soap, drain cleaners, fabric softener,
furniture polish, glass/window cleaner, gun cleaner, jewelry cleaner,
oven cleaner, rust remover, scouring powder, toilet bowl cleaner.
Personal Use Products: alcohol, bath oil, bubble bath,
cigarettes/tobacco, cologne/perfume, diapering products, hair products,
hand lotion, make-up, mace, mouthwash, nail products, shaving product.
Automotive Products: antifreeze, freon, gasoline, oil, windshield wash.
Home Maintenance and Gardening Products: bug killers, fertilizer,
fuels, glue, kerosene, lighter fluids, paint/paint thinner, pool
supplies, rat poison, turpentine, weed killer.