How can I prevent severe poisoning?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Follow these rules to prevent poisoning:

• Choose products in containers that are hard for children to open, and replace the cap tightly after using a product. Remember: No container can promise to keep children out.

• Keep all household products, other strong chemicals, and medicines locked up and out of sight.

• When products are in use, never let young children out of your sight. IMPORTANT: Take the child or product with you when answering the phone or doorbell.

•Keep products in the containers they came in.

• Leave product labels on all products, and carefully read the label before using a product.

• Take and give medicine in a well-lit area. Check the dosage every time.

• Avoid taking medicine in front of children. Never call medicine candy, especially gummy vitamins that are made to mimic candy.

• Clean out the medicine cabinet often. Get rid of medicines that have expired or are no longer needed.


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