Answers to Common Healthy Homes Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about healthy homes.

What are the most common sources for poisoning in the home?

There are many chemicals used day-to-day around the house that can lead to poisoning if they are not stored safely, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC).

The most common causes of poisoning in young children at home, according to the CDC, are:

  • Cleaning products
  • Cosmetics
  • Pain relievers
  • Personal care products
  • Antidepressants
  • Cleaning products
  • Pain relievers
  • Prescription drugs
  • Sedatives

Other at-home causes of poisoning the CDC lists as causes of concern include pesticides, detergents, bleaches and carbon monoxide.

The American Association of Poison Control CentersOff Site Icon (AAPCC) also warns of some newer causes for poison concerns in homes, including “bath salts” (powerful synthetic drugs), e-cigarette devices, energy drinks, laundry detergent/dishwasher detergent packets, and liquid nicotine.

For more information about common poisons in the home, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue MD; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Jennifer Philpot, CNP, Stillwater Family Care; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine