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A chemical emergency can take place in any household, at any time. In 2019, these were over 2,100,000 poison exposures across the United States - with a poisonous exposure being reported roughly every 15 seconds.
Quick Thinking Father
On a sunny day in 2012, a new father was home alone with his toddler. It only took a moment for the child to come across laundry detergent and bite open a pod. Thanks to quick thinking and action, the child was able to make a recovery and survived the incident.
He was taken to the hospital and the poison control experts were able to help him out. It's unfortunate how many house-hold chemical accidents happen.
In late 2017, there was an unfortunately popular challenge that emerged; the Tide Pod Challenge. There have only been less than 10 reported deaths from consuming laundry pods - with thousands injured. Laundry pods are unfortunately only the tip of the iceberg.
It’s important to know how to use and store chemicals safely in your home - especially if you are a new parent. Accidents can happen no matter what you do, which is why it’s important to do everything you can to keep yourself and your children safe and well informed.
Keep cleaning products and other potentially hazardous materials out of reach of children, like in a cabinet with a safety lock or somewhere up high. It’s also important that all containers are properly closed after use.
Household Chemical Emergencies Preparedness Plan – Activity List
You should always have a plan to keep yourself and your children safe - that means being ready to spring into action at any time. Before an emergency even takes place, take the proper precautions.
If an accident happens despite your efforts, it’s important that you don’t panic. Stay calm and follow our recommendations.
However, you cannot be everywhere at once - and cannot always keep an eye on everyone in your home. How can you tell if someone has been poisoned by ingesting a household chemical?
Learn to recognize the signs of poisonings and teach your children that cleaners are not toys or food. The victim may have been poisoned if they experience the following symptoms.
If you suspect that an animal has ingested poison, look for the following symptoms. Remember that various foods meant for human consumption can poison dogs, cats, and ferrets.
If you’re sure that your child, pet, or another member of your household has ingested a chemical or other poison, do not wait for symptoms to show up. Call poison control or transport them to a hospital immediately.
You may find yourself wondering what could be potentially harmful in your home. It could be things you use every day, and other things that you may have forgotten about in a cabinet or garage.
It’s important that all potentially harmful chemicals are stored in the appropriate places. Instructions for storing various products should be on the bottles, boxes, or manufacturer’s website.
Emergency Plan (ready.gov)
Emergency Contact Info (ready.gov)
Emergency Plan for Schools (ready.gov)
The gear you'll need to survive. The gear you'll need for evacuation is exactly the same as what you might need when you're staying home to weather out the storm.
You may not think you need an emergency kit for household chemical emergencies - after all, most of the time it’s just a matter of calling poison control or going to the hospital, right?
That’s where you would be wrong. Chemical emergencies can also result in fires and other unsafe living environments which may result in you and your family having to leave your home to seek temporary shelter. For that reason, we will lay down guidelines for assembling two separate emergency kits.
For evacuations and taking temporary shelter, pack the following, and feel free to customize it to your needs.
Meanwhile, if you or a loved one needs to stay overnight in the hospital, it’s a good idea to prepare an overnight bag. For an overnight bag, you should pack the following.
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