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Poisons

Looking around your home it can be hard to see anything that's poisonous. Taking a closer look can be quite surprising.

Things you see every day can be harmful if eaten. What do you think is safe?  Dishwasher tablets, bleach, bubble bath, cigarettes?

You would be amazed at what's lying around your home that is very poisonous.

Only eat something if you are 100% sure you know what it is.

You would be amazed at what's lying around your home that is very poisonous.      

Younger kids tend to put everything into their mouths to try to eat it- from leaves and berries in the garden to dishwasher tablets, cigarettes and vitamin pills (I prefer chocolate myself!). All of these can be very toxic and mean a stay in hospital. 

Keep an eye out around your home if young children are there and you can poison-proof it! Tell an adult to move these things up high or out of sight.

SO, what would you do?

You are having a look in the shed and find a full bottle of what looks like lemonade. Hummmm....you're thirsty.
What are you going to do?

                         Drink it          Don't drink it

You don't feel well.  In fact you feel really snotty and have a bad cough.  Mum is in the bath and you want to give her some space. You know where the medicine is.

What are you going to do?

        Take it          Don't take it

Babies put everything into their mouths to see what it is or to soothe sore gums. Getting older it's trying something new, experimenting or thinking they are tasting something safe.

Prevention is better than cure

Children under 4 are most at risk to eating or drinking a poison, although older children are at risk too.

Babies put everything into their mouths to see what it is or to soothe sore gums. Getting older it's trying something new, experimenting or thinking they are tasting something safe.

Children are at risk to eating anything left lying around - even if it smells or tastes horrible.
Click here to find out some of the things that are poisonous.

Top tips

  1. Keep poisons out of sight & out of reach
  2. Keep lids on tight
  3. Keep things in their original containers
  4. Use cupboard locks
  5. Oil & gas appliances need yearly checks and clear flues
  6. Use a Carbon monoxide alarm if you burn oil, gas, wood, coak or petrol in the home

Click here to learn about some of the common poisons found around the home