Officials Warn Of Warm-Weather Poison Dangers


The spring and summer seasons bring with them a jump in the number of gasoline and chemical injuries in children.

Researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital say the chemical compound hydrocarbon is to blame.

The chemical is found in common household products, including cleaning solvents, kerosene and gasoline.

The danger is when children mistake the items for a food or drink.

"The danger with hydrocarbons when children get into them is they swallow or they can inhale some of the chemical and it gets into their lungs causing a pulmonary injury," said Lara McKenzie of Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Researchers found that 31 percent of hydrocarbon incidents were reported during the summer compared to close to 19 percent during winter months.

Officials urge parents to store products properly and keep them out of children's reach. Cabinets where the chemicals are stored should be locked.

Anyone with a poisoning emergency should call the Central Ohio Poison Center Help Line at 1-800-222-1222.

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