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Publication Type: Newsletter
Single or Multiple Incident: Multiple
Date: 6/18/2020 12:00:00 AM
Country: Canada

This newsletter addresses the potential for poisoning by cleaning products and hand sanitizers when they are inappropriately stored in containers commonly used for beverages. Cases of poisonings caused by products used to clean homes and hands have been on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past few months, poison control centres across Canada have seen a 58% increase in poisonings from disinfectants, cleaning products, bleaches, and hand sanitizers. Hand sanitizers packaged in bottles usually used for drinks, such as wine, liquor, soft drinks, and water provide potential for poisoning. When liquid hand sanitizers are available in these containers, it increases the chances that someone might accidently drink them. This problem is less likely to occur with gel hand sanitizers. The newsletter provides suggestions to keep consumers and their families safe during and beyond the pandemic.

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Prevent Accidental Poisoning Caused by Cleaning Products and Hand Sanitizers