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Children are naturally curious and this can lead to them making some unhealthy choices inside your home.  As children engage in their daily exploration, they may be exposed to dangers in the home.  National Poison Prevention Week is an opportunity to raise awareness and prevent injury related deaths in the United States.   Every year, children under the age of five are exposed to potentially poisonous medicines and household chemicals.  It is important to store items out of reach of children.  In an effort to protect your children, you can check your home for where the following products are stored appropriately.

  •  In the kitchen or laundry room be aware of cleaners, alcohol, detergent pods, furniture polish, bleach, ammonia, disinfectants, old food, gas (from stove)
  • In the bedroom be aware of medicines, plants, cigarettes, mothballs
  •  In the bathroom be aware of medicines, perfumes, beauty products, nail products, cleaning products, mouthwash
  • In the garage be aware of pesticides, rust remover, gasoline, kerosene, paint thinner, lighter fluid, lamp oil, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid

Things to keep in mind

  • Store medicines and household products in locked cabinets, where children cannot reach them.
  • Buy products in child-resistant packaging, when available.
  • Make sure caps are closed tightly.
  • Store all medical and household products in their original containers.
  • Put safety latches on drawers and cabinets containing harmful household products.
  • Do not leave children alone with household products or medications.
  • Return household products to safe storage right after use.
  • Store food and cleaners separately.

Prevention Tips

  • Watch children carefully when playing indoors and outdoors.
  • Keep children away from any poisonous plants that may be in or around your home.
  • Poisons can look like food or drink. Teach children to ask an adult before eating or drinking anything.
  • Post the poison help line phone number (1-800-222-1222) on the refrigerator, near all telephones in the home or store it in your cell phone.

For more information about poison prevention, visit the Regional Center for Poison Control.

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Health and Human Service Coordinator

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