The danger of poisoning, especially of children, is widespread. In Greater Cleveland, Ohio alone, during 1957 (excluding deaths from automobile accidents) 43 children were accidentally killed. Eleven of those deaths were due to poisoning; all of the children being in the age group from one year to six years. In a recent six-month period the Poison Information Center of The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland received 1,535 calls concerning treatment for accidental poisoning of children. This figure by no means indicates the total number of cases of poisoning that actually occurred. These terrible statistics can be sharply reduced by proper labeling of products, and by common sense handling and storage of dangerous products. Advertising of such products also should contain warnings of danger where such warnings are desirable for the public protection.
Robert D. Mercer, Poisoning by Common Household Products, 8 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 106 (1959)