Poison Prevention

Posted on: July 26, 2017

Poisonous materials come in all shapes and sizes. They may be beautiful, look like candy, or be odorless or tasteless. Children are curious; they like to explore. These ideas will help guide you to keeping children safe against accidental poisoning. Poison prevention begins at home.

Save the toll-free Poison Help number into your phone: 1-800-222-1222. The Poison Help line is not just for emergencies. You can call with questions about how to take or give medicine, concerns about plants, chemicals, carbon monoxide, bites, stings and more.

  1. Install safety locks or childproof latches on all cabinets to restrict access to children.
  2. Store potential poisons out of reach and out of sight of children — inside the house as well as in the garage or shed. In addition, lock them up.
  3. Do not transfer poisons to food containers and store them in different cabinets. Children can mistake the identity.
  4. Return all products to storage after use.
  5. Keep the products and children in sight during use.
  6. Safely discard potential poisons into a sealed, outdoor trash receptacle if not being used anymore.
  7. Never mix products; dangerous fumes could result.
  8. Stay away from areas that have been sprayed recently with pesticides or fertilizer.
  9. Keep indoor plants out of reach; some may be poisonous.
  10. Make sure medications are in child-resistant containers. Vitamins and supplements also should be out of reach.
  11. Be especially alert at grandma’s house. Older people with hand arthritis may get medication bottles that are not childproof. They’re also more likely to leave medicine out in the open.

Our friends at Tylenol provided this Medication Safety Checklist. It describes safe practices and when children can begin to be responsible for their own medication.

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