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Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning deaths, caused by portable generators reportedly being used inside homes and/or garages, have been reported in Florida in recent days. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, there are widespread power outages. CPSC is warning consumers to take three critical precautions to prevent loss of life from poisonous carbon monoxide when using a portable generator:

1. NEVER use a portable generator inside your home. One portable generator can emit the (…)

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March 19-25, 2017

As any parent knows, toddlers get into everything!

Unfortunately, their desire to explore also extends to products that can be harmful. In 2015, more than 84,000 children were seen in the ER due to unintended pediatric poisoning. More than 80% of these incidents occurred in the home and most often with these five products: aspirin, blood pressure medications, laundry packets, antidepressants and ibuprofen.

When young children reach for the red candy aspirin in mom’s (…)

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Old man winter is gripping much of the nation and that means many consumers are turning up the heat in their homes. Some are using drastic measures to stay warm, increasing the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning—an invisible, odorless, colorless killer. Did you know that winter is peak season for CO deaths in the United States? The deadly gas kills more than 400 people every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Any heating system that burns fuel can produce (…)

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An estimated 85,000 children younger than 5 are unintentionally poisoned each year in the U.S.

Does that sound like a lot? Wondering how so many children gain access to poisons?

According to a CPSC study, in 2014 thousands of children got their hands on blood pressure medicine. You know the pills in grandma’s purse, in the day-minder container next to the tin of mints. Then there were the kids who found the partially opened bleach container on the kitchen floor next (…)

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Spring is right around the corner, so you know what that means – spring forward when changing the time on your clocks. Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 13. This weekend is also a good time to take steps to make sure your household is prepared for emergencies. In addition to turning the time on your clocks one hour ahead, CPSC is urging consumers to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

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