Nine poison proofing tips from California Poison Control for Earth Day

While every day should be Earth Day, it’s formally celebrated globally every year on April 22.

Earth Day is not only a day to learn about the importance of protecting the environment but can also be about protecting health.

This year, in honor of Earth Day, California Poison Control System urges people to heed and implement these nine important tips to protect your family’s health and our environment from environmental poisons:

  • Keep all household and personal care products in their original containers.
  • Lock household cleaners up, out of sight and the reach of children.
  • Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in your home and every six months test that they are working.
  • Safely dispose of any expired, unwanted, or unused medicine by participating in medicine take-back programs or disposing of them in proper collection bins.
  • Do not dispose medicines down the drain or by flushing them down the toilet to avoid their negative impacts in our waterways.
  • Store purses and bags out of reach from children to avoid the misuse of potentially poisonous products like medicine, cosmetics, and hand sanitizers.
  • Clearly label and store pesticides in their original containers.
  • Read the label and only use pesticides as directed.
  • Do not spray pesticides near running streams to avoid contamination of bodies of water used by animals and people.

CPCS also suggests saving the toll-free Poison Hotline number, (800) 222-1222, available 24/7/365. You can save the Poison Hotline number and obtain safety tips using this CPCS PSA.

Additionally, CPCS advises people to be aware that while protecting the environment is important, it’s also important to be aware there are a lot of plants that can cause toxicity.

Symptoms of plant-related toxic exposures can be delayed or appear within minutes and can range from mild to serious, and sometimes can even be fatal. It’s important to know which ones are in your environment, what the common and Latin names of the plants are, and to be able to identify them.

About CPCS
Call Poison Control at (800) 222-1222 (number is the same in all states) for questions about poison encounters. Trained pharmacists, nurses and other providers are available to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is free, confidential and interpreters are available. Get weekly tips about safety by texting TIPS to 20121 for English or texting PUNTOS to 20121 for Spanish. Follow CPCS on Facebook and on Twitter @poisoninfo. CPCS is part of the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy and is responsible to the California Emergency Medical Services Authority.