Poison Prevention Tips to Keep Children Safe

August 14, 2015 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

Children under the age of six are at the greatest risk for unintentional poisonings. They are curious by nature and tend to investigate their world by putting things in their mouths. They are drawn to attractive packaging, good smells and colorful substances of many products found around the home. Generally, they will eat or drink anything regardless of how it tastes.

Below are strategies to prevent poisonings caused by common household and chemical products, medicines and plants.

  • Use safety locks on all cabinets. Store all poisonous and potentially poisonous household and chemical products out of the sight of small children.
  • Store all products in their original containers. Do not use food containers such as milk jugs or soda bottles to store household and chemical products.
  • Store food separate from household and chemical products. Mistaken identity could cause a serious poisoning. Many poisonous products look alike and come in containers very similar to drinks or food.
  • Make sure all medicines are in child-resistant containers and labeled properly. Remember, child resistant does not mean child proof.
  • Vitamins are medicine, too. Keep them locked up and out the reach of children.
  • Know the name of the plants in your home and yard. If you have difficulty identifying a plant, take a sample to a nursery for identification.
  • Teach your children not to eat leaves, berries and mushrooms that grow in the yard. Do not assume a plant is safe to eat if you see animals eating it.
  • Keep children and pets away from plants and areas that recently have been sprayed with pesticides, weed killer, bug killer or fertilizer. Pesticides can be absorbed through the skin and can be extremely toxic.

Source: National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation

Entry filed under: Managing your health, Safety.

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