Did you know that unintentional injuries are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States today? Car crashes, drownings, and house fires are just a few examples of unforeseen accidents that could have been avoided had those involvedbeenaware of the safety hazards around them and cautionary with their own actions. What seems to be the most surprising is that one of the top places for an unintentional injury to occur is inside the home. Do you know what it could be from?
Every year, poison control centers receive about 2.2 million calls seeking help for poisoning that occurred while the person was in their home. In many cases, the individual was unintentionally poisoned after ingesting drugs or chemicals found in their own house. Cleaning products, personal care products, prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications are all familiar substances found in most homes, yet can be a major risk for unintentional poisoning if they are not stored in safe places and handled with care while in use.
The National Safety Council suggests taking these 5 precautionary steps to ensure that medicines are put away safely in the home:
Make sure the safety cap is locked, listen for the click.
Never tell children medicineiscandy.
Ask visitors to lock and put away suitcases or purses containing medications.
Program the poison control number, (800) 222-1222, in your home and cell phones.
Safely dispose of leftover and unwanted medications.
As an effort to raise awareness on how often unintentional injuries like poisoning occur and how they can be prevented, The National Safety Council has recognized the month of June as National Safety Month. Their mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes, communities and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy. We at Any Lab Test Now® are a strong supporter of the National Safety Council and are standing with them this month to in hopes of encouraging others to take action in keeping their homes and communities safe. For more information on how you can celebrate National Safety Month, visit the National Safety Council’s website. For information on poisons and toxins, contact your local Any Lab Test Now®. We offer a wide range of lab testing services including our Unknown Poisons and Toxins Analysis that can test for over 600 different chemicals, poisons and toxic substances like pesticides,painting and cleaning products as well as hygiene-type products. Call us today and let us help you take action towards a safe and healthy you during National Safety Month.