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September 2015
Dear Beth Panaccione,

All of us use hazardous substances in our homes. To prevent accidental poisoning or exposure, it is important that we recognize these hazards and store these products safely. Check out helpful resources and tips in this issue of You Should Know.

Kids Need School Supplies After Hurricane Harvey
The severe flooding from Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston public schools just before the start of the 2017 school year. Trial Lawyers Care and the Houston Independent School District have launched a joint initiative to replace school supplies for more than 200,000 students, nearly 75% who are economically disadvantaged. Just click on the link below for a school supply "Wish List" and purchase supplies for direct shipment to Houston. There they will be handed off to needy students as identified by the Houston Federation of Teachers. But hurry: the Wish List closes Sept. 24. Thank you!
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Beware of Lethal Dangers Lurking in Your Home

Common Household Products
Can Put You, Others at Risk

Household Cleaners
Store toxic products away from kids.

A woman in South Jordan, Utah, was recently poisoned when she ordered sweet tea at a restaurant. While making the tea, a restaurant employee accidentally used deep fryer cleaner instead of the sweetener that had similar packaging. 

All too often we hear about someone who has accidentally poisoned themselves or someone else with a dangerous household chemical. While threats from lead-based paint and asbestos are well publicized, many other silent dangers are present in nearly every home and business in the United States. The good news: some companies and government entities are teaming up to limit the use of these dangerous chemicals in consumer products and are trying to get them off our shelves and out of our homes.

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Save the Poison Control Center hotline number on your phone: 1-800-222-1222. There are 55 poison control centers across the country to answer questions about any product.


Children and young adults under 20 are nearly twice as likely to be exposed to toxic chemicals. Always store hazardous chemicals out of the reach and locked away.  [Download report.]


Approximately 84,000 chemicals have been registered for use in the United States since 1976. The EPA only required testing for about 250, and only five have been banned.


Store SafelyLearn How to Store Your Dangerous Chemicals Safely

Fire Chief Joe Bruni explains how and where to store hazardous chemicals to keep them out of the reach of pets and children. View video.

Deadly PodsDishwashing Pods Deadly to Children 

Newsey takes an in-depth look at how children are at risk of deadly exposure to liquid detergent pods. View video.

Utah WomanUtah Woman Poisoned by Deep Fryer Cleaner

See the tragic story of a Utah woman poisoned at a barbeque restaurant by sweet tea contaminated with highly toxic deep fryer cleaner. View Video.

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