Poison Prevention Month: March 2014

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Kids are explorers, which we love, but this means that they can sometimes get into things that they shouldn’t. Today we’re going to share a few tips from the Safe Kids Initiative designed to keep your explorers safe as well as several links to more information.

Quick Fact: Over 2 million calls made to poison control centers across the country and over 90% of these occurred in the home. The majority of the non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than 6 years old.

  • Store all household products out of children’s sight and reach. Young kids are often eye-level with items under the kitchen and bathroom sinks. So any bleach, detergents, dishwasher liquid or cleaning solutions that are kept there should find a new storage location.
  • Store poisonous items out of reach or use safety locks on cabinets within reach. These items also include detergent pods for the laundry and dishwasher. It only takes a few minutes, and it gives you one less thing to worry about.
  • Read product labels to find out what can be hazardous to kids. Dangerous household items include makeup, personal care products, plants, pesticides, lead, art supplies, alcohol and carbon monoxide.
  • Make sure that all medications, including vitamins and adult medicines, are stored out of reach and out of sight or children.
  • Put the toll-free number Poison Help Number (1-800-222-1222) into your home and cell phones. You should also post it near your phone or on your refrigerator for the babysitter. Hopefully you’ll never need it, but it’s nice to have just in case.
  • Check for lead-based paint. Remove any peeling paint or chewable surfaces painted with lead-based paint.

For more information visit these excellent resources:

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Safe Kids Foundation

PoisonPrevention.org