When accidents happen, you need to know what to do and how to do it. Here’s your Poison 411 for different kinds of exposures to common household products.
The most important thing to do when an accidental ingestion occurs is to stay calm. Remember that most household products don’t taste very good. Whether the ingester is a curious toddler or a distracted adult, they’ll usually stop as soon as they realize their mistake.
Most household products can irritate eyes and a few have the potential to cause real harm. Prompt irrigation with plain water is vital, and it needs to continue long enough to be effective.
Your skin is your largest organ, and it does a very good job of protecting everything inside you. Some products are caustic enough to damage your skin but very few are absorbed into your body.
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