World health organization

10 facts on injuries and violence

A young girl showing a paraffin container that is well marked as a health danger.
SafeKids SA/L. Matzopoulos

About 23 000 children die every year as a result of poisoning; hundreds of thousands more accidentally ingest poisonous substances or drugs. Child-resistant closures for poisons could save thousands of these children's lives. Paraffin or kerosene, pesticides or other household products should be stored in special containers that children cannot open. In addition, tablets and other drugs should be placed out of the reach of children in child-proof medicine containers.

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