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Can methanol poisoning be prevented?

Since some cases of methanol poisoning are a result of accidental ingestion, the key factor in preventing poisoning is the proper storage and labeling of products containing methanol. This is especially true for common household and automobile products containing methanol, including antifreeze, shellac, varnish, and windshield wiper fluid. Nearly-empty containers should be disposed of properly since just two tablespoons is enough to be lethal in children. In the industrial setting, workers should be trained in the proper use of methanol-containing products. In some cases, dyes are added to methanol to differentiate it from ethanol, thereby preventing accidental mix-ups.

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