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Researchers quantify kid dangers of household chemicals

Researchers quantify kid dangers of household chemicals
Posted May 6th, 2013 @ 8:38am by WTVN Newsroom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) --A new study from Nationwide Childrens Hospital shows children are more likely to be poisoned by household chemicals during the warmer summer months.

Researchers found that, between 2000 and 2009, more than 100,000 injuries in children were the result of hydrocarbons--more than an injury an hour.

Hydrocarbons are a chemical compound found in household items from cleaning products to gasoline. It's during warmer months that chemicals are out for lawnmowers, outdoor torches and grills.

Thanks to laws requiring most hydrocarbons to be sold in child-resistant containers, the number of injuries have steadily gone down.  However, it remains the third leading cause of poisoning death in children under five years old.

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