Experts say about 78,000 children under five years old visited emergency rooms in 2003 due to unintentional poisonings.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says most of the cases involved items commonly found in the home, including things like oven cleaner, aspirin, furniture polish and adult-strength vitamins and supplements containing iron.
Many poisoning incidents occur while the products are in use and a parent or caregiver steps away or is distracted for a moment. Children can swallow a poisonous substance in the short time it takes to answer a phone call or a doorbell.
The data were released at a news conference to kick-off National Poison Prevention Week March 20 thru 26.