5 Tips for Poison Prevention

5-tips-for-poison-preventionChildren tend to find their way into anything and everything within their reach. They’re curious by nature. But sometimes, that curiosity can lead to danger.

According to Purdue University, most childhood poisonings happen with children younger than five years old. Additionally, most poisonings involve common household substances, including medications, which cause 50% of all reported poisonings, and cleaning supplies and personal care products, which cause 20% of reported poisonings.

50% of all reported poisonings involve common household substances, including medications!

So how do you stop your little ones from getting into dangerous substances around the house?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest the following five tips for keeping your young child safe from poisoning:

  1. Lock dangerous substances up.
    While the majority of families own medications and cleaning supplies, that doesn't mean potentially harmful chemicals should be left within a child's reach. Keep medicine (both prescription and over-the-counter), detergent, soap, bleach, perfume, and any other toxic compound either in a cupboard with a childproof latch, or on a shelf or in a cabinet your children aren't tall enough to reach.
  2. Keep all toxic substances in their original packaging.
    Never reuse food containers for things like cleaners. Teach your child to recognize which containers are for food and which containers are for cleaning supplies. This way, he will be able to distinguish a bottle of bleach from a bottle of vinegar.
  3. Be prepared.
    The Poison Control Center can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-222-1222. Keep this number handy! Memorize it, program it into your cell phone, keep it posted by every home phone—whatever it takes to make sure that in an emergency, you can contact health care professionals who know what to do in the event of a poisoning.
  4. Read labels.
    Some poisonings actually occur not because a child gets into something she shouldn't, but because her mom or dad accidentally gave her too much medicine. Be sure to read labels carefully and follow all the directions when administering medication to your child.
  5. Get rid of unnecessary substances.
    If you’re not using medications or other household chemicals, dispose of them! Hanging onto chemicals you’re not using anymore take up extra space in the house, as well as increase the risk of poisoning to your child.

According to the CDC, more than 300 children are treated for poisoning in emergency rooms each day! Your child doesn't have to be one of them.

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5 Tips for Poison Prevention

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5 comments

  1. LIZ says:

    i got very careful with this

  2. Kerra says:

    i think you should just have to put a good lock on the cubbored with poisons , you shouldn’t have to throw anything you use away because you bought it to use it not toss it in the garbage..

  3. Grace says:

    i don’t have money to get rid of not everyday used things…

  4. ashley says:

    I KNOW IT IS ALWAYS BEST TO KEEP YOUR EYES ON YOU KIDS I KNOW THERE TIMES WHERE WE LOOK AWAY FOR A SECIOND BUT THATS ALL IT TAKES IS A SECOND FOR THEM TO GET IT SO JUST TRY TO KEEP YOUR EYES ON THEM….THANKS

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