What is a Poison?

A poison is any substance that causes unintentional harm to the body. Poisons are classified into four different categories:

  • Solids, such as air fresheners, medications, cosmetics, cigarettes, plants and fertilizers.
  • Liquids, such as cleaning products, fuel, alcohol (alcoholic beverages and rubbing alcohol) and syrup medications, for example, cough medicine.
  • Sprays, such as furniture polish, oven cleaner, room deodorizer, insecticides and aerosols.
  • Invisibles, such as carbon monoxide, space heater fumes, exhaust fumes, gas fumes and industrial pollution in the air.Most people know that prescription medication should be kept away from children. However, even over-the-counter medications, such as Tylenol, aspirin, vitamins, creams and diet supplements can be fatal in the hands of a child.

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