Most poisonings occur in the home. Parents, grandparents, and other caregivers need to remember that it only takes seconds for a poisoning to occur when children are able to reach household chemcials and medicines.
Here are some basic poison prevention tips:
Store Poisons Safely
- Store medicines and household products locked up, where children cannot see or reach them
- Store poisons in their original containers
- Use child-resisitant packaging. But remember - nothing is child-proof!
Use Poisons Safely
- Read the label. Follow the directions on medicines and products.
- Are children around? Take the product or medicine with you to answer the door or the phone.
- Lock products and medicines up after using them.
- Is it medicine? Call it medicine, not candy.
- Children learn by imitation. Take your medicines where children can't watch.
Teach Children to Ask First
- Poisons can look like food or drink. Teach children to ask an adult before eating or drinking anything.
For more tips, log on to the website for the American Association of Poison Control Centers at http://aapcc.org/