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Let's face it, sometimes kids get into things that they probably shouldn't. Everyday household items such as cleaning products and personal care products can be harmful to kids. Here are a few poison prevention tips to keep little explorers from finding their way into household items that could be dangerous.
The Hard Facts about Poisoning
- Poisoning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death among children ages 1 to 19 years.
- 1,319,044 calls were made to poison control centers in 2015 after a child got into a potential poison, that’s over 3,600 calls a day, 150 every hour.
- Store household products safely to prevent poisoning. Young kids are often eye-level with items under the kitchen and bathroom sinks, so make sure household cleaning products and personal care products up and away, out of children’s reach and sight.
- Keep all household cleaning products in their original containers. Also, when buying products, look for child-resistant containers to help prevent poisoning to children.
- Read and follow product labels. Check for ingredients that can be to kids and make sure you use and store products according to the label. Kids can get into things quickly, so remember not to leave cleaning products or personal care products unattended while you are using them.
- Remember products that might be harmful to kids. Check your home for products like cleaning supplies, liquid laundry packets personal care products, plants, pesticides, alcohol and medicine.
- Save the Poison Help number in your phone and post it visibly at home: 1-800-222-1222. Specialists at poison control centers provide free, confidential, expert medical advice 24 hours a day. They can answer questions and help with poison emergencies.
Many household products may be harmful to children, so it is important to store these products safely and to use them correctly. Learn more poison prevention tips.