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This is an age when preteens and teenagers can learn the value of responsibility and hard work by doing chores around the house. They might even enjoy it – although they’ll rarely admit it. Before they start, make sure to have a quick talk with your kids about some of the potential dangers of poisonous items such as gasoline, spray paint and medicines. Then, enjoy the extra help.
Top Safety Tips
- Keep cleaning products in their original containers. Never put a potentially poisonous product in something other than its original container (such as a plastic soda bottle), where it could be mistaken for something else.
- Throw away old medicines and other potential poisons. Check your garage, basement and other storage areas for cleaning and work supplies you no longer need and can discard.
- Speak with older kids about the dangers of inhalants and abusing prescription medicines.