Poison prevention month: how to keep your family safe - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Poison prevention month: how to keep your family safe

Posted: Updated:
Bleach and alcohol are dangerous chemicals Bleach and alcohol are dangerous chemicals
Cleaners and medication can be harmful if ingested. Cleaners and medication can be harmful if ingested.
EMS, Steve Abel EMS, Steve Abel
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Worth County is Camera Ready

    Worth County is Camera Ready

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:50:56 GMT
    Karen Rackley, Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce Executive DirectorKaren Rackley, Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director
    Every county in Georgia is now camera ready.Worth County is one of the final 20 counties that just earned the designation meant to show television and movie producers that local communities are able and willing to help them. More >>
    Every county in Georgia is now camera ready.Worth County is one of the final 20 counties that just earned the designation meant to show television and movie producers that local communities are able and willing to help them. More >>
  • Sylvester city departments remain without phone service

    Sylvester city departments remain without phone service

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:50:33 GMT
    Bill Yearta, Mayor of SylvesterBill Yearta, Mayor of Sylvester
    All city departments in Sylvester remain without phone service. The phone system went down on Monday at Sylvester City Hall and the police, fire, and public works departments.More >>
    All city departments in Sylvester remain without phone service. The phone system went down on Monday at Sylvester City Hall and the police, fire, and public works departments.More >>
  • When does discipline go too far??

    When does discipline go too far??

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:42:39 GMT
    Dr. Sinay Edwards, Open Arms Program DirectorDr. Sinay Edwards, Open Arms Program Director
    The arrest of an NFL superstar on child abuse charges raises questions about when discipline goes too far.More >>
    The arrest of an NFL superstar on child abuse charges raises questions about when discipline goes too far.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A child's safety is a priority for many parents and we do what we can to ensure it.  However, sometimes it can be small careless mistakes we make that can put our child in danger, such as leaving a bottle of medicine out or not locking up your cleaning supplies.

According to poisonprevention.org  90% of accidental poisoning occur at home and the majority of them involve kids under the age of 6. Dougherty County EMS supervisor Steve Abel says he sees it often, most commonly with medicine but also in situations related to house-hold products such laundry detergent, dish washing soap or floor cleaners.

Abel recommends to avoid reusing soda bottles to hold cleaning products because the label or even the look of the container can confuse kids causing them to drink out of them getting sick.

"Most recently we had on my shift is a child who ingested some Clorox and I mean you can just smell it on the child, and you know its the parents responsibility to keep an eye on these kids," Abel said. 

Some things to remember if you believe your child has been poisoned is to remain calm. You will have to relay information to the poison control center or emergency responders and need to be focused to give out the child's age, weight, information on any health conditions they may have, know the substance, how the child was contacted with the chemical, when it happened and if they have vomited.

It's important to keep notes of the incident as well as having emergency numbers handy.

Poison Control Center contact number: 1-800-222-1222

Link to FAQ's 

 

 

Copyright 2014 WALB.  All rights reserved.