Poison Right Under Your Nose

By: Katie Stukey Email
By: Katie Stukey Email
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This is Poison Prevention Week, time to survey our homes and double check what kinds of dangerous materials we have around that young children and pets can get into.

America's 56 poison centers take some 3.5 million calls every year. The Nebraska Regional Poison Center at 84th and Dodge in Omaha, covering three states and a few island nations, takes 50,000 calls a year at 1-800-222-1222 and more than half concern medicines.

The official arrival of spring Thursday tends to spark a cleaning frenzy, but our well-meaning efforts can turn deadly between all the different products and chemicals.

Windshield wiper fluid can easily be mistaken for juice, Toilet bowl and drain cleaners, bleach, detergent pods, inhalants and canned air all pose serious threats. Keep such products out of reach or locked up.

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