The fifty-ninth capacity that I introduce in my eBook is that you must [be able to] deal with accidental poisoning. In it I state that:
You must “Deal with accidental poisoning. Besides knowing the Poison Control Centers hotline number (1-800-222-1222) you might have an idea of how to deal with common poisonings. Better yet, avoid such possibilities by keeping potential household poisons out of the reach of children!”
Like I said, the first thing to know is the poison control number: 1-800-222-1222. I prefer to keep it not only in my cell phone but also as a part of the One-Pager reference sheet that is now a part of the Pathway 2 Preparedness course.
The next thing to know is all of the common household items that can be poisonous to children (as taken directly from Poison.org):
- windshield washer solutions
- drain cleaners
- toilet bowl cleaners
- artificial nail removers
- topical anesthetics (i.e. Products that may be used for sunburn pain)
- medicines, medicines, medicines
- automatic dishwasher detergents
- furniture polish
- perfume & aftershave
- gasoline, kerosene, and lamp oil
- paint and paint thinner
- alcoholic beverages
- miniature batteries
- flaking paint
- cigarettes, tobacco products
- rat and mouse poison
In addition, here a list of The Most Dangerous Poisons for Children.
Next, I would say the “best” way to prevent such problems is to keep these chemicals out of their reach. Keep them up high, locked up, and don’t say things like “pills are candy.”
What about treatments like activated charcoal or syrup of ipecac? It seems the general advice is to NOT use these for accidental poisonings. Rather, they want you to call the poison control hotline so they can help you decide what to do. Of course, you may not be able to do so in a SHTF scenario so it’ll have to be up to you as to the best course of action and whether or not to stock activated charcoal or syrup of ipecac.