National Poison Prevention Week is coming up! Is your house safe?
More than 2 million poisonings are reported to poison control centers in the U.S. each year. The vast majority of these (>90%) occur in the home.
Children age 6 years and younger are most likely to be involved in a possible poisoning. The good news is there are steps you can take to keep your little ones safe:
- Store medicines and medications in a locked cabinet or one that is well out of reach.
- Keep potential poisons out of your purse, and do your best to keep your child out of other people’s purses as well!
- Medications should be stored in containers with child safety caps (you can buy reusable ones at the store). Always be sure to fasten the cap securely after use.
- Detergents and cleaning products can of course be very dangerous, too. Avoid storing them under bathroom or kitchen sinks, unless you have a reliable safety latch that locks every time the cabinet door is closed.
- Aside from medications and cleaners, don’t forget about things like alcohol left in cups after a party- these can be dangerous for young children, too. Rinse out all cups immediately after gatherings where alcohol is served, and keep alcohol in a locked cabinet.
Always keep the number for Poison Control close by: 1-800-222-1222. In fact, store it in your cell phone now! Check out this excellent page at healthychildren.org or head over to poisonprevention.org for more information.