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Household Products

Many common household and personal care products can be hazardous. These products come in many shapes, sizes and colors.  Liquids, powders, granules, sprays and aerosols and they can easily enter the body through the mouth, eyes, nose and skin.

Children are often attracted to the bright colors, interesting containers and sweet smell of household products.  Often household products are mistaken by children for something that is good for them to eat or drink.  For example, a liquid cleaner may be mistaken for a juice.  Do not rely on the smell or taste of a household product to deter children.

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HAZARDOUS PRODUCTS

BathroomBedroomGarage/Storage AreasKitchenLaundry RoomLiving Room
  • Air fresheners
  • Cleaners/disinfectants
  • Colognes/perfumes
  • Hair removers
  • Hair styling products
  • Lotions/creams/oils
  • Make-up
  • Medicated ointments
  • Medicines/vitamins
  • Mouthwash
  • Nail polish/removers
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Shampoos
  • Shaving creams
  • Soaps
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Baby products (powder, oils, ointment, teething gels)
  • Batteries
  • Cigarettes/chewing tobacco
  • Make-up
  • Medicines/vitamins
  • Medicated ointments
  • Coins
  • Colognes/perfumes
  • Mothballs
  • Plants
  • Potpourri and scented oils
  • All Automobile Products (ex: antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid and etc.)
  • Bug/rodent killers
  • Fertilizers
  • Gasoline/kerosene
  • Glues
  • Lighter fluid
  • Mothballs
  • Paints
  • Pesticides
  • Pool supplies
  • Turpentine/paint thinner
  • Weed killers
  • Air fresheners
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes/chewing tobacco
  • Cleaners/disinfectants
  • Detergents
  • Medicines/vitamins
  • Plants
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Air fresheners
  • Cleaners/disinfectants
  • Colognes/perfumes
  • Detergents
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Batteries
  • Cigarettes/chewing tobacco
  • Medicines/vitamins
  • Coins
  • Plants
  • Potpourri and scented oils

PREVENTION TIPS

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  • Store poisons in locked cabinets out of the reach and sight of children and pets
  • Keep poisons stored in their original containers
  • Make sure all of the containers are clearly labeled
  • NEVER store poisons in drink or food bottles/containers
  • NEVER store poisons in the same area where you store food
  • Keep alcoholic beverages and cigarettes/chewing tobacco out of reach. Make sure ashtrays are empty and clean.
  • Keep purses out of reach
  • Keep coins and batteries out of the reach and sight of children and pets
  • Safely dispose of all out of date or unneeded medications
  • Keep medicines/vitamins in bottles with child-safety caps (child-resistant packaging). Make sure the lids are closed tightly at all times.
  • Child-safety caps are not child proof! Some children can open these caps. 
  • DO NOT mix different cleaners. A toxic gas could form, causing severe breathing problems.
  • Be sure to read the label on the container before using
  • NEVER leave these items out where a child or pet may get to it
  • Be sure to put these items back in a locked cabinet or out of the reach and sight of children and pets
  • Never call medicine “candy”
  • DO NOT take medicine in front of children or give medicine to one child while another is watching
  • DO NOT let children play with baby products. They may end up consuming the contents.
  • Save the Georgia Poison Center number in your phone (1-800-222-1222)
  • If you think someone has been poisoned, call us right away. Never wait for the person to look or feel sick.