Yes, you read the title correctly. So what is it that leads to nearly 4,000 emergency calls per day and an astonishing 150 calls per minute? Poison.
There are so many household products, medications, and nature-born poisons which makes it impossible to keep them all out. They live next to your children and taking preventative measures to keep them away from children is extremely important.
You should also know what to do if you suspect or know your child has come into contact with any form of poison.
Poison Safety Tips
Where and how you store chemicals, alcohol, medications and personal care products are one of the best ways to prevent accidental exposure to what may be deadly to a child. Under the bathroom or kitchen sink are both commonplaces; however, they are also within reach of children.
The best rule of thumb is to keep them completely inaccessible and out of reach; however if do store items that contain any toxic or medicated substances on ground-level, invest in the best safety latches you can find and ensure they are installed correctly.
Do not store any chemicals in your own, or different containers than they originally came in. Packaging laws help protect children from accessing what is inside. For instance, garden chemicals have child-proof lids and locking mechanisms.
Some require dilution into another container. If you do not use the entire amount you have mixed – dispose of it and thoroughly wash the sprayer or mixing container.
Another excellent reason to store products in their original containers are the information labels. Safety regulations also ensure that you know what to do, and who to call if you suspect your child has come into contact with a chemical that could be harmful to their health.
Keep the poison control number readily accessible for yourself, and anyone that may be watching your children. It’s also a good safety precaution to teach children that are old enough to read and use a telephone where to find product safety information and who to call.
Poison control is a number that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They provide poison control specialists and expert medical advice that is confidential, and free. This number should be posted in your home, and saved to your phone in the event of an emergency.
POISON CONTROL: 1-800-222-1222.