Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Keep Pool Chemicals Out of Reach and Locked Away

As many people know, in order to help keep pools clean, chemicals are added to the water to kill germs and bacteria. While these chemicals help keep the water healthy for recreational use, they can be extremely dangerous if they are not handled or stored properly away from children.

A recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed almost 5,000 emergency visits in the year 2012 were associated with pool chemical poisonings.  The most common poisonings included inhalation of vapors and fumes.  Other common poisonings include handling pool chemicals without proper use of protective equipment such as gloves and goggles.
Here are some useful tips to makes sure you and your family stay safe this summer and avoid chemical pool injuries.

v  Keep chemicals away from children by storing them up and away from a child’s reach.

v  When handling pool chemicals, dress appropriately by wearing safety goggles and gloves.

v  Make sure you handle in a well-ventilated area so that you do not breathe in any toxic fumes.

v  Follow the directions exactly to minimize accidents or splashing of chemicals.

Remember, if you come in contact with pool chemicals or believe you might have been poisoned, please contact the poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. For more information on pool chemical safety, please visit the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/pools/preventing-pool-chemical-injuries.html.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Using Too Much Acetaminophen Can Be Dangerous

Acetaminophen is found in more medications than people realize. It’s the active ingredient in over 650 different over the counter and prescription medicines. This medication is primarily used to relieve pain and reduce fever. It is also combined with other ingredients in various medications that help treat colds, the flu and allergies.

In prescriptions, you can find acetaminophen combined with other ingredients that help relieve moderate to severe pain. Recently, the FDA put out an alert to remind healthcare professionals to stop dispensing combination drug products that contain more than 325 mg of acetaminophen.

Many times, people will unknowingly take medications to treat other symptoms not realizing that several medications they might be taking all have acetaminophen as an active ingredient. This can cause SERIOUS complications including liver damage if more than directed is ingested.

Acetaminophen overdose is now the most common cause of acute liver failure in the United States. Protect your health today by being aware of what medications you are putting into your body. If you ever think you or someone you know has taken too much acetaminophen or any other medication, please do not hesitate to contact the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.