Poisoning: Prevention

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Poisoning: Prevention
Poisoning: Prevention

Poisoning: prevention

In everyday life we ​​come into contact with substances and objects that, if used incorrectly or excessively, can lead to symptoms of poisoning. Appropriate caution is required, especially when living with children.

Here you will find tips for a "gift-safe" home.

If poisoning is suspected, the following applies in any case: Contact the poisoning information center +43 (0) 1 406 43 43 early to assess the risk.


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  • Safe handling of cleaning agents
  • Safe handling of medication
  • General tips for a "gift-safe" household

Safe handling of cleaning agents

  • Before using unknown or new products, the recommendations for product use and above all any warning notices and pictograms must be observed.
  • Always keep cleaning agents locked and out of the reach of children, even if you only leave the room for a short time. To do this, equip cabinets and drawers with appropriate fuses.
  • Fill never chemicals in food containers or beverage bottles around! Always keep chemicals in the original packaging!
  • Particular care should be taken when using oven cleaner, drain cleaner, grill cleaner etc.; these can be corrosive.
  • Never mix chlorine-based cleaning agents or swimming pool chemicals with acidic cleaning agents (e.g. vinegar cleaner, toilet cleaner, descaler); Attention chlorine gas formation!
  • Do not take commercial detergents and chemicals (industrial cleaners) home with you. Commercial products are subject to different safety standards than household products and can be significantly more dangerous (often corrosive)!

More on the topic: Poisoning: Dangers in the household

Safe handling of medication

  • Always keep medication locked out of the reach of children.
  • Medicines for children and adults should always be stored separately. This can prevent mix-ups.
  • Medicines should be stored separately from other products due to the risk of confusion (caution, for example, essential oils and Oleovit D3 drops).
  • Never refer to medication to your children as candy or fruit juice.

More on the topic: Medicines: poisoning and first aid

General tips for a "gift-safe" household

  • Do not leave objects such as cigarettes and other tobacco products, lighters, ashtrays or medicines open and within the reach of children.
  • Plants are very attractive to children. Therefore, only known and harmless plants should be present in a children's household - find out whether your indoor plants are poisonous. More on the topic: Poisoning: Plants
  • Be careful with lamp oils and fragrance oils: these can get into the child's mouth from bowls or lamps, even if the bottles are “child-proof”.
  • Do not leave body powder within reach of an infant.
  • In the garden, on terraces or balconies, fertilizers or pesticides should be stored out of the reach of children. Great caution is also required with agents such as grill lighters or cleaners.
  • Products for the car (e.g. antifreeze, brake fluid) should be stored in garages or basements out of the reach of children.
  • Also remember to stow paint, varnish, paste, etc. in a child-proof manner.
  • If you have a gas boiler in your household, pay attention to regular maintenance and have a CO alarm installed. More on the subject: Poisoning: carbon monoxide
  • Broil never with a charcoal grill indoors or in the garage, there is great danger of carbon monoxide poisoning!
  • Do not consume unknown plants or mushrooms. In the case of exotic plant-based foods, find out beforehand how to prepare them.
  • Be particularly careful when preparing infant and baby food and avoid, for example, residue from dishwashing detergent in the bottle or household decalcifier in the kettle.
  • Vinegar essence has no place in the household!

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