Summary: The Blue Ridge Poison Center
H O L I D AY P O I S O N S A F E T Y
Relatives and friends who do not have young children have probably not poison-proofed their homes. Keep
an extra sharp eye on your children and the surroundings when visiting others.
Guests may bring medicines and other personal products into your home and leave
them where children can reach them, such as in a suitcase or on a bedside table.
Young children are naturally curious and will readily put these products in their mouths.
Prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and even personal products like mouthwash
or perfume can be harmful to a child if swallowed. Provide your guests with a safe place
to store purses, suitcases, and toiletries.
SAFETY TIP #1: KEEP ALL MEDICINES AND PRODUCTS IN A LOCKED CABINET, OUT OF THE SIGHT
AND REACH OF CHILDREN.
Personal products such as bubble bath and cologne, or products like alcohol, are
popular gifts. Their sweet fragrance and pretty packaging attract children and
can cause serious problems when swallowed. Other gifts may contain button
batteries: tiny, flat, coin-like batteries commonly used in watches, cameras,
games and toys. They may, if swallowed, stick in the throat or stomach, causing
serious burns as the chemical leaks out.
SAFETY TIP #2: DON'T LEAVE OPENED GIFTS UNATTENDED UNDER THE TREE OR OTHERWISE IN REACH OF