Disinfectant products: several cases of poisoning

The pandemic of the COVID‐19 resulted in an increase in cases of poisoning unintentional-related to many disinfectants.

Health Canada sounded the alarm and warned the Canadians against the risks of poisoning related to improper use of hand sanitizers, cleaning products, household products and bleach.

In a press release issued Tuesday night, Health Canada reminds us to always read and follow the instructions on the product labels.

Rise of 58%

Several cases of poisoning unintentional have been reported due to their inappropriate use.

Between February and march 2020, the Canadian poison control centres have received 58% more cases of poisoning or exposure to hand sanitizers, disinfectants, products for household cleaning products and bleach, compared to the same period last year.

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of the COVID‐19 is to wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When this is not possible, Health Canada recommends using a hand sanitizer is authorized, the rate of which alcohol is at least 60%.

On the hard surface disinfectants (liquids, sprays and wipes), they can play a crucial role in the reduction of the spread of the COVID‐19. These products always contain instructions for use, clear.

What you need to do

  • Always read and follow the directions on the label of the product.
  • Limit the spread of the COVID‐19 by washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If this is not possible, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and that has been approved by Health Canada.
  • Check to see if a product and its claims have been authorized for sale by Health Canada.


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