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Cyanide Poisoning (cont.)

Cyanide Poisoning Prevention

  • Childproofing a home is essential for all households with young children, particularly if a parent or caregiver works in an industry that uses cyanide.
  • Strict work safety regulations must be followed to prevent occupational exposure. Employees must leave all chemicals in the laboratory or factory. Cyanide can be absorbed through the lungs, stomach, and skin.
  • Standard home fire precautions should be taken, including installation of smoke detectors, avoidance of space heaters, halogen lamps, and not smoking in bed.
  • If you are concerned that someone you know is depressed or has voiced suicidal thoughts, take this as a serious true cry for help and encourage this person to seek medical care immediately. Every community has a suicide prevention system or hotline that can help arrange psychiatric care, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK; 1-800-273-8255.

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