Poison Prevention: Get the 411 to Avoid the 911
Yesterday marked the first day in a week-long initiative called Poison Prevention Week, so we thought it would be a great idea to feature some information that came straight from the top — Safety 1st. Safety 1st, as you may already know, has been the leader in children's safety for more than 30 years. Throughout those 30 years, Safety 1st has been a part of creating quality products that ensured the safety of children in the car, in the bathroom, in the kitchen — really just about anywhere.
As of 2014, 8 children ages 1 to 2 years for every 1,000 children of the same age were exposed to some sort of poison. But looking at the bigger picture shows that there are more than 2 million exposures to some sort of deadly poison every year. That translates to, according to US Poison Control, 1 poison exposure every 15 seconds.
In order to lower that number, we've teamed up with Safety 1st to put together this list of things you can do to ensure the safety of your children in the home.
Hazards in the Kitchen
Cabinets and drawers contain many hazards, such as cleaning supplies, plastic bags, and breakable and sharp objects. Be sure to lock all cabinets and drawers to keep your child away from the contents. The OutSmart Slide Lock, Flex Lock, and Multi-Use Lock are great options for keeping little ones out of cabinets and drawers they shouldn't be in.
If possible, try and move all cleaning supplies, including dishwasher detergent, to a locked closet or a cabinet that is up high and out of your child's reach.
What to Look for in the Bathroom
Keep cabinets and drawers locked to prevent children from accessing medications, toothpaste, perfumes, lotions, deodorant, mouthwash, even dipper rash cream etc – all of which can be dangerous if ingested.
In the tub, keep soaps and shampoos out of your child's reach.
Invest in a toilet lock. Children can drown in one inch of water.
It's also a good idea to keep doors to bathrooms closed.
Beyond the Medicine Cabinet
Make sure you safely dispose of any unneeded or expired medications. Medicine often looks like candy, and it only takes a second for a child to pop it in his or her mouth. In 67% of emergency room visits for medicine poisoning, the medicine was left within reach of the child, such as in a purse, on a counter, or under a sofa cushion.
Other Areas of Concern
Exploring is great, but some adventures should not be taken without the supervision of a parent. OutSmart Knob Covers help keep on-foot explorers from wandering into unwanted areas, such as the laundry room.
If there is not a door for the laundry room, make sure you have a gate up. Children have been known to climb in front loader washers and dryers and get stuck inside.
Save the toll-free Poison Help line number on your phone or put it on the refrigerator: 1-800-222-1222. The Poison Helpline is not just for emergencies. You can call with questions about how to take or give medicine, concerns about plants, chemicals, carbon monoxide, bites, stings, and more.
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