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Health Tip: Prevent Poisoning

Protect your child from household dangers

(HealthDay News) -- Your home may be full of dangerous chemicals, in the form of cleaning supplies, medications and even the paint on your walls.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions to help prevent poisonings at home:

  • Keep your child away from areas with peeling paint or chewable items covered with lead-based paint.
  • Make sure chemicals, cleaning products and medications are safely stored where your child can't reach them.
  • Schedule an annual inspection of gas appliances to make sure they aren't leaking.
  • If you are using chemicals inside, open windows and turn on fans to help ventilate the area.
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