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Poison Prevention for Kids

I have two little ones at home, and keeping them safe is my number one priority.  My youngest, an 11-month-old boy, is into everything.  He is quick, too!  I can turn my back for a second, and he’s crawled half-way across the house!  I have baby-proofed my home, but I think it’s always good to have a refresher course on poison prevention for kids. 

I found a great resource for poison prevention for kids through a collaboration with nonprofit companies, including Nationwide Children’s Hospital, American Red Cross, and Safe Kids Worldwide1.  They are working together to get information to caregivers on four critical safety risks at home.

Four Critical Safety Risks at Home

  • Furniture and TV Tip-overs
  • Poisoning
  • Drowning
  • Fire

March 20-26, 2016 is Poison Prevention Week, so I wanted to share some statistics, and then some tips on poison prevention for kids.

According to a recent Nationwide Make Safe Happen survey of more than 1,000 parents with children under 13 years of age:

  • 36%  of  parents  said  they  have  bought a  safety  product (e.g.,  cabinet  locks)  but  didn’t  use  or  install  it.
  • More  than  half  of  all  parents  (52%)  do  not  safeguard laundry  packets  from  children’s  reach.
  • 2  in  5  parents  (43%)  have  kept  cleaning  solutions  in  a low,  unlocked  cabinet.

Another alarming statistic is that 9 out of 10 poisonings occur in the home, which means caregivers need to be diligent keeping harmful products out children’s reach. 

Modern Poison Risks

  • Hand sanitizers
  • E-Cigarettes
  • Button Batteries
  • Laundry Packets
  • Medications

I know laundry packets are one of the items on that list that I keep in my home.  Laundry packets can be attractive to children, because they are often bite-size and colorful, but they are dangerous to children when ingested.  They may also cause burns to the eyes, skin, nose and mouth.

 I make sure to keep the box of laundry packets on a high shelf that neither of my children can reach.  If you keep laundry packets in your home, make sure to keep them in a high, locked cabinet, out of the reach of children.

Steps to Keep Children Safe

  • Use Safety – Children have a tendency to copy what their parents do, so avoid using chemicals in front of kids, especially those 5 and younger.
  • Safe Storage and Disposal- Keep any household cleaners and medicine in their original containers, and out of sight and reach of children.  Keeping them behind locked cabinets is a great way to help safeguard them.  Dispose of any old and unused chemicals and medicines.
  • Be Prepared – I think it’s a great idea to store the phone number to Poison Control in your phone, along with posting it on your fridge.  The number is (1-800-222-1222).

Have any specific poison questions?  Leave a comment below!

1The  Make  Safe  Happen  survey  was  conducted  online  by Harris  Poll  on  behalf  of  Nationwide  between  November  4,  2015  and  November  13,  2015,  among  1,001  U.S. parents  or  guardians  of  children  ages  0  to  12  years  old.

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