March 18-24 is National Poison Prevention Week.
Everyday household substances can lead to accidental poisoning if you’re not careful. In fact, did you know 9 out of 10 poisonings occur within the household? Protect your children by locking up household pesticides, cleaners, and chemicals in a high cabinet and out of the reach of little hands.
Here are some poison prevention tips to help keep your home safe.
Keep these common household pesticides out of children’s reach:
- Bath and kitchen disinfectants and sanitizers, including bleach.
- Products used to kill mold or mildew.
- Roach sprays and baits.
- Insect repellents.
- Rat and other rodent poisons.
- Weed killers.
- Flea and tick shampoos, powders and dips for pets.
- Swimming pool chemicals.
Use these tips to help you poison-proof your home:
- Lock up all pesticides and harmful products in a cabinet, out of a child’s reach.
- Install safety latches on cabinets.
- Crawl around on your hands and knees to see if you’ve missed any potential dangers from your child’s viewpoint.
- Read the label first.
- Follow the directions as they are written on the label before using a product.
- Use child-resistant packaging correctly by tightly sealing the container after every use.
- Re-close a pesticide package if ever interrupted during application (e.g., phone call, doorbell, etc.).
- Make sure the container is completely out of children’s reach while you’re absent.
- Keep pesticides in their original containers.
- Never put poisonous products in containers that could be mistaken for food or drinks.
Alert all caregivers about the potential dangers of pesticides and share these tips with them.
Teach children that “pesticides are poisons” and not to be touched.
Pesticides you use to control fleas and ticks on your pets can be transferred to your children. Protect your pets and children by carefully following the label directions and precautions.
Post the Poison Control Centers national hotline phone number, 1(800) 222-1222, near every telephone in your home and program it into your cell phone.
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