Hand Sanitizer ranked at top of list of dangers to children

By Cody Neff Register-Herald Reporter

Just three squirts of hand sanitizer can be enough to give your child alcohol poisoning, national fire officials said.

“The top five poisonous household products are hand sanitizer, button batteries, laundry detergent packets, e-cigarettes and medications, according to a press release from the International Association of Fire Fighters.

If you think hand sanitizer doesn’t belong at the top of that list, you’d be wrong, the IAFF Local 795 president said.

“Poison control centers manage more than 17,000 hand sanitizer exposures each year in children under 12,” Rick Fisher said in the press release.

Nine out of 10 poisonings take place in the home, so you have to take special care of where you put certain things, Fisher added.

“It’s important to know which items pose serious dangers and to take the right steps to help protect your kids,” he said.

For more information about poison prevention, visit www.makesafehappnen.com/safety-tips/poison-prevention-kids.

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