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This Candy Look-A-Like is Poisoning Your Kids
Let’s face it, sometimes kids get into things that they probably shouldn’t. Today medications are the leading cause of child poisoning. Each year, more than 500,000 children under the age of five experience a potential poisoning related to medications. 9 out of 10 of these poisoning occur in your home!
So, what can YOU do? Attentiveness to the following poison prevention tips can keep your home safe and keep your wonderfully curious children safe as they explore the world around them.
- Store all household products and cleaning solutions out of children’s sight and reach. Young kids are often eye-level with items under the kitchen and bathroom sinks.
- 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.