The Commonsense Guide to Everyday Poisons was inspired by my years at poison control, where I spoke with thousands of people about exposures to common household products. Many of these exposures were the result of children’s developmentally appropriate explorations, but adults had their share of mishaps as well.
What was common in all cases was that the caller was worried and didn’t know what to do. They brought this product into their home because it performed some useful function, but something unexpected happened and suddenly they were afraid it might be harmful.
My goal is to provide useful and interesting information about the products you have in your home, because knowledge is the best defense against fear. Understanding your household products helps you make informed decisions about which ones you want to live with, and to react calmly and reasonably when accidents happen.
Adding to the knowledge base I acquired as a Certified Specialist in Poison Information (CSPI), I extensively research the products I write about. Wherever possible I include inventive uses you might not have thought of for those products, as well as DIY projects and how to make your own substitutes.
Teddy Vincent Angert, RN, BSN, CSPI
Poison control centers are invaluable resources and Everyday Poisons is not meant to replace them or the services they provide. Always keep the number handy (800-222-1222 in the US) and call whenever you have questions.