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Help Keep Your Kids Safe with these Poison Prevention Tips

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Young children are naturally curious. They learn by exploring their environment- and when they encounter something new, it usually goes straight into their mouth for sampling. All that exploration puts young children at greater risk for household poisoning.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 91,000 young children visited hospital emergency rooms and more than one million calls came into poison control centers as the result of unintentional poisoning in 2005.

As parents, there are many preventative steps you can take to keep your little ones safe. Start by putting the poison control phone number (1-800-222-1222) on every phone in your home and save it on your cell phone. This toll free number will connect you to emergency help in your area.

Install child safety latches on all child accessible cabinets that contain household cleaners, medicines, cosmetics and other poisons. Store all poisons in their original packaging with the labels on them, and never put poisons in a food or beverage container, such as a Tupperware container or a milk jug.

Be sure to store non-food products, such as dishwasher detergent, household cleaners, or hairspray away from food items.

Never leave a child alone with a household poison or medicine. If you have to answer the phone or leave the room, take the child with you.

Teach your child to ask permission from an adult before eating or drinking anything.

  

Visiting grandparents house brings greater risk for household poisoning

Going to visit a grandparents' house can be great fun, but it can also put young children at greater risk for household poisoning.

Before you take the family to visit, ask grandma and grandpa to check their medicine cabinet and dispose of any old medications. Ask them to remove prescriptions from their nightstand or purse to help keep them away from little hands. Find a cabinet to lock up medications out of a child's reach.

Remind grandparents that children are great imitators. It's best not to let them watch you take your medicine, since they're likely to try to do the same thing.

If you would like some more information, check out these poison prevention websites:

www.poisonprevention.org  - U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

www.homesafetycouncil.org  - Home Safety Council

www.aap.org  - American Academy of Pediatrics

www.usa.safekids.org Safe Kids USA Website

 
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