Poison prevention information offered during weeklong event

Poison Control Center

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Experts are working to get the word out this week about potential poison hazards in homes.

National Poison Prevention Week is going on through Saturday, and the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center of Kosair Children’s Hospital says there are seven surprising poisons people should learn.

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Toxicologist and center director Ashley Webb says if a person is exposed to a poison, call the poison control center at (800) 222-1222. She advises programming the number into your mobile phone.

The seven surprising poisons identified by the center are magnets and batteries; medications; cleaning products; malfunctioning furnaces and fireplaces; caffeine; tobacco and nicotine; and natural or homemade products that may sound safe but aren’t.

Veterinarians at BluePearl Veterinary Partners say pets are also vulnerable to the same poisons as well as some that affect animals such as grapes, chocolate, raisins and raw or undercooked food.


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