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Warning: Poison!

What poisonous products are hiding in your home?

While your home is a safe place for family and friends, there are potential hazards in your safe haven. Do you know what dangers are lurking under your kitchen sink, in your bathroom cabinets, and in your garage?

Anyone with children, grandchildren, or pets must be vigilant to keep dangerous products in safe locations. Because every day, children die from ingesting cleaning supplies or cosmetics. To prevent tragedy, keep all potentially hazardous products on high shelves or locked up.

Products are labeled with their level of risk. A label with the word “caution” indicates a low risk of potential harm. A “warning” label indicates exposure could lead to serious illness or injury. If you see the word “danger,” beware! Exposure to these products could harm the skin; cause blindness; or if swallowed, damage the mouth, throat, or stomach, or even lead to death.

What products should you keep away from children and pets?


Medication is meant to be taken by a specific person for a specific condition. All medications, whether prescription or non-prescription, may be dangerous if taken or used by someone in a manner not as prescribed. Overdosing can lead to upset stomach, liver damage, drowsiness, convulsions, hallucinations, agitation, chest pain, headache, breathing trouble, or loss of consciousness.

Cleaning Products

Household cleaning products contain strong chemicals used to kill bacteria, dissolve grime, clear drains, remove rust, or clean tough stains. While having them makes it possible to keep your home squeaky clean, they can cause serious damage to unsuspecting children. In fact, just touching some of these products can cause chemical burns. And swallowing cleaning products can cause horrific burns to the mouth, throat, or stomach.


Many people don’t realize the danger alcohol poses for young children. A depressant drug, alcohol slows the central nervous system. When a child consumes alcohol, the end result can be low blood sugar. Seizures, coma, and death are possible. It’s not just wine, beer, or liquor that can poison a child. Alcohol is also found in mouthwash, facial cleansers, hand sanitizer, perfume, and food extracts. Be aware of all products containing alcohol in your home and store them appropriately.


Cosmetics and personal care products in your bathroom cabinets may seem harmless, but keep in mind that kids like to put everything in their mouth. What happens when they ingest nail polish, lipstick, eye shadow, shampoo, or toothpaste? While most products are considered minimally toxic, causing skin or eye irritation or upset stomach, other products like nail glue remover, polish remover, or nail primer may cause burns, acetone poisoning, or cyanide poisoning.


Once finished securing potential dangers inside your home, head to the garage or storage shed. There, you may have pesticides for killing bugs, rodents, or weeds. Killing unwanted ants, fleas, and roaches is great, but these chemicals can be dangerous to touch, breath, or ingest, especially for a young child whose body is still developing. Exposure to pesticides is associated with a higher risk of learning disabilities, birth defects, and cancers.


Another leading cause of poisoning in children is hydrocarbons. These include household products such as kerosene, motor oil, gasoline, lighter fluid, and paint thinner. If swallowed, they may cause a child to choke, which may cause the liquid to enter the lungs, making it hard to breathe. Certain hydrocarbons can also cause skin irritation, chemical burns, heart arrhythmia, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, disorientation, aggression, and seizures.

Antifreeze and Windshield Washer Liquid

Two extremely dangerous chemicals for humans and pets are antifreeze and windshield washer solution. If windshield washer solution gets in the eyes it can cause blindness and ingestion can lead to death. Ingestion of antifreeze can lead to kidney failure or death.