Drugs and Medicines
· Follow directions on the label when you give or take medicines. Read all warning labels.
· Turn on a light when you give or take medicines at night so that you know you have the correct amount of the right medicine.
· Keep medicines in their original bottles or containers.
· Never share your prescription drugs.
· Keep opioid pain medications, such as methadone, hydrocodone, and oxycodone, in a safe place that can only be reached by people who take or give them.
· Dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs.
· Always read the label before using a household product.
· Keep chemical products in their original bottles or containers. Do not use food containers such as cups, bottles, or jars to store chemical products such as cleaning solutions or beauty products.
· Never mix household products together. For example, mixing bleach and ammonia can result in toxic gases.
· Wear protective clothing (gloves, long sleeves, long pants, socks, shoes) if you spray pesticides or other chemicals.
· Turn on the fan and open windows when using chemical products such as household cleaners.
Be Aware of Where Scorpions and Snakes Hide
· Avoid places where they live; snakes prefer tall grass, rocky areas and deep holes in the ground. Scorpions hide under stones or rocks outdoors, basements, closets and other dark quiet places indoors.
· So watch where you step and where you sit when outdoors.
· Wear loose, long pants and high, thick leather or rubber boots.
· Shake out your shoes and clothing before wearing them, in areas where scorpions are common.
· Never handle a snake, even if you think it is dead. Recently killed snakes may still bite by reflex.