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Harmful Household Product Dangers

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Usage Dangers

Accidental swallowing or improper use of harmful household products can cause severe illness and even death. The NYC Poison Control Center receives over 50,000 calls each year concerning unintentional poisonings, most involving children under the age of five.

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Emergency Phone Numbers 

Post emergency phone numbers (fire, medical assistance, poison control center) by your phone and teach children how to use them.

Call for help in case of poisoning. If you think a family member (or pet) has been exposed to a harmful product, call the NYC Poison Control Center leaving NYCWasteLess Hotline at (212) POISONS (764-7667) or toll-free 1-800-222-1222. The Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Disposal Dangers

If automotive productscleanerscertain paints, or pesticides are improperly discarded, Sanitation workers can suffer eye, respiratory, and burn injuries. In addition, chemicals from these products can leach into the environment and pollute the water, soil, and air. Before purchasing, using, or discarding any harmful household product, read these important handling tips.

On the other hand, many household products including alkaline batterieslatex paint, and fluorescent lamps are no longer dangerous (or pose a minimal threat) because they are now manufactured with no or few hazardous chemicals, but may still require special packaging and handling before disposal.

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