PO Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

For Release:
March 26, 2013

Mary E. O'Dowd, M.P.H.
Commissioner

For Further Information Contact:
Office of Communications
(609) 984-7160

Plan to Spring Clean for the Easter Holiday?

--Learn Ways to Keep Your Homes and Loved Ones Safe--

(Newark, NJ) - March 26, 2013 - While getting ready for the Easter holiday, many families start their spring cleaning. Data shows that more than 90% of poisonings happen in the home; therefore, this is a great time to take action and make poison prevention a family priority.  Poisoning is now the leading cause of unintentional death in this country ahead of motor vehicle accidents and firearms.

Do you have items in your home that could be a potential poison if used in the wrong way?  Of course you do and so does everyone else!  Who doesn't have laundry detergent, medicines, pesticides, batteries, vitamins, cleaning products, mouthwash, rubbing alcohol, car/house maintenance products, gardening chemicals, etc. These are all safe when used for their intended purpose, but on the other hand, they can cause harm when used inappropriately. Where are these products stored? Are they easily accessible by your loved ones, including pets?

Read the full release from The New Jersey Poison Information & Education System:
http://www.njpies.org/PDFs/News-and-Events/Press-Releases/2013/Easter-(Mar2013).pdf