A cold Nebraska winter is right around the corner and many at home mechanics are topping off the antifreeze levels in vehicles. The Nebraska Regional Poison Center reminds residents working in their garages to be extra careful with those fluids. Public Education Coordinator and R-N Jean Hammack says antifreeze is toxic if consumed.
Hammack says, “That often is a green color and that usually contains ethylene glycol which is highly toxic to the kidney and the lung. The other one we worry about is windshield wiper solution. That is often a blue color and contains a chemical called methanol which is also highly toxic, primarily toxic to the retina of the eye.”
Hammack says the blue and green colors attract children who think it is juice of a sports drink. It also has a sweet taste that is attractive to young children. Pets will also drink the fluid if it is spilled on the floor because of the taste.
Hammack says it is especially important that these items never be poured into juice or sport drink containers to safe space. That can be especially confusing to children. Keep antifreeze and wiper fluid in the original bottle and store them in a locked cabinet our well out of reach of children.
The Nebraska Regional Poison Center is just a phone call away at 1-800-222-1222. They are open 24/7/365 and registered nurses or pharmacists are always available to take your call.