Store Medicines Safely Out of the Reach of Kids

November 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm Leave a comment

Medicine safety includes more than simply following labels and giving children the correct dose of medication with the correct dosing device. It also includes safely keeping medicines out of the reach and sight of children.

Each year, almost 60,000 children under the age of five wind up in hospital emergency rooms because of unsupervised medicine ingestions. Careful medicine storage is vital to keeping kids safe. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Store medicines and vitamins in a place that is high up and out of sight.
  • Put medicines and vitamins away — out of reach and out of sight — every time after you use them.
  • Always lock the child safety cap completely after you use a medicine.
  • Remind houseguests of safe medicine storage so they don’t leave medicines in bags, coats or other reachable places that small children can get into.
  • Always tell children what medicines are, never referring to them as candy.
  • Keep the national poison control helpline number handy, or program it into your phone: 800.222.1222.

Source: The Consumer Healthcare Products Association

Entry filed under: Pharmacy, Safety.

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