Using pesticides safely around the home and garden
All pesticides are poison to a certain extent and must be handled with proper care. Used properly, pesticides can improve our lives by protecting our food supply, improving our landscapes and keeping our living spaces clean. When used carelessly, however, they can pose a danger. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, more than 100,000 calls are made annually to poison control centers because of pesticide poisoning. Although 90 percent of the cases are minor, some do require medical attention. What is most alarming is that about a third of these cases involve children under the age of 6. These statistics cover only those cases that are reported; undoubtedly, countless others are not brought to the attention of medical professionals. Note that these statistics cover only reported cases and don't include the countless cases that are not brought to the attention of medical professionals. This guide discusses considerations for the safe use of pesticides in and around the home and garden.
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