Experts explain ways to keep kids safe from poison

Posted at 5:55 PM, Mar 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-17 19:55:28-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- It’s National Poison Prevention Week, and experts are warning people of the dangers many household products can present, especially to young children.

The Poison Control Center in Utah reports that 60 percent of all of their calls involve children younger than six years old. They say this is because young children don’t always spot the differences between look-alike products—like aspirin tablets and a mint.

Marty Malheiro, coordinator for outreach education, said problems with look-alike products aren’t limited to children.

"We have super glue and eye drops: Actually, that’s more of an adult problem than a kid problem,” she said. “They will accidentally pick up their eye drops but not look and its superglue and put them in their eyes."

Malheiro said the center deals with far more accidents than crimes, and she said they want to remind people to hide cleaning products from children.