Keeping Poisons Out Of The Hands of Children
As spring begins to set in, many of us are eager to take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather to spruce things up around the house. And whether it’s spring cleaning, general household repairs or even getting bit by the gardening bug, one thing you should always take into consideration is the safety of those in your household. This is particularly important if you have young children living in your home who may even lend you a hand in your home project.
According to the CDC, more than 80 people die every day from accidental poisoning and nearly 2,000 are sent to the emergency room. This can occur from any harmful substance that is ingested, inhaled, or absorbed, and can easily occur to anyone when not taking the proper precautions.
You should always take care to keep poisonous items properly stored, but this is also true while you are using them, such as cleaning products, paints, adhesives or other chemicals. Never leave young children unsupervised or allow them the opportunity to handle these items.
The CDC has a great checklist of information to help you familiarize yourself with the dangers. Here are some helpful prevention tips to minimize the risk of your kids falling ill or worse.
- Lock them up. Always store medicines or toxic items in locked or child-proof cabinets.
- Read labels. Always read warnings on medicines and follow dosage directions carefully.
- Don’t keep it if you don’t need it. Pay attention to expiration dates and unneeded prescription drugs, and dispose of unnecessary items.
- Know the number. Keep the nationwide poison control number handy in your home. 1-800-222-1222 should be placed on or near any phone in your home. The poison control center can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We’ve got some more great tips right here at the AMW Safety Center that will help you learn of the various poisoning dangers that may be lurking in your own home, and how to respond in case of an emergency.
This post was provided by the America's Most Wanted Safety Center.
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