Medication Safety Tips

Home safety: the importance of keeping medicine up and away and out of reach and sight

This “Simple Steps to Safe Medicine Storage” video helps illustrate how to keep medicine safe at home. The video takes a look at exactly what it means to store medicine out of reach and sight while offering up other important medicine safety tips for parents and caregivers.

Top Tips about Medication Safety

  • Put all medicine up and away, out of children’s reach and sight. In 86% of emergency department visits for medicine poisoning, the child got into medicine belonging to a parent or grandparent.
  • Consider places where kids get into medicine. Kids get into medication in all sorts of places, like in purses and nightstands. Place purses and bags in high locations, and avoid leaving medicine on a nightstand or dresser. In 2 out of 3 emergency room visits for medicine poisoning, the medicine was left within reach of a child.
  • Consider products you might not think about as medicine. Health products such as vitamins, diaper rash creams, eye drops and even hand sanitizer can be harmful if kids get into them. Store these items up, away and out of sight, just as you would traditional medicine.
  • Only use the dosing device that comes with the medicine. Kitchen spoons aren’t all the same, and a teaspoon or tablespoon used for cooking won’t measure the same amount of medicine as a dosing device.
  • Write clear instructions for caregivers about your child’s medicine. When other caregivers are giving your child medicine, they need to know what medicine to give, how much to give and when to give it. Using a medicine schedule can help with communication between caregivers.
  • Save the Georgia Poison Center Help number in your phone: 1-800-222-1222. Save the toll-free number for the Poison Control Center into your home and cell phones. You can also p the number on your refrigerator or another place in your home where babysitters and caregivers can see it. And remember, the Poison Help line is not just for emergencies, you can call with questions about how to take or give medicine.

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