8 Ways to Protect Kids from Accidental Poisoning

It’s Baby Safety Month and a great time to focus on accidental poisoning in baby’s and toddlers. Across the United States, around 800,000 kids are rushed to the emergency room each year because of accidental poisoning. Of these, around 30 children will die, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Do you know where most of these poisoning incidents occur? According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, more than 90 percent of poisonings occur in the home.

Make’s it that much more important to learn how you can protect your home and little ones:

  1. Store all medicines in their original, labeled containers and ensure they are out of reach of children.
  2. Have a working carbon monoxide detector near bedrooms or furnaces in your home
  3. Store household cleaners and chemicals safely out of your children’s reach.  They should be kept in their original containers – and never in food containers like cups or bottles.
  4. Some art supplies and glues can be dangerous, if used incorrectly. Store them out of reach of small children and keep a close watch when children are using them. Do not eat or drink while using art products, and when finished, make sure to put them back in storage, carefully wash your hands and clean up thoroughly.
  5. Wash hands and counters before preparing any food and use clean utensils. Always store food at the proper temperature.
  6. Know what poisonous snakes and insects live in your area and dress your family appropriately for the outdoors.  Store insect killers and repellents out of reach of children and read the labels for warnings and hazardous contents.
  7. Be sure your family can identify poisonous plants and mushrooms. Teach small children never to eat or taste plants or berries without showing them to an adult. Remember the poison ivy safety slogan: “Leaves of three, leave them be.”
  8. Post the Poison Hotline Number (1-800-222-1222) where everyone in your home can find it quickly and teach them how to report a suspected poisoning.

If you suspect you or someone you know has been poisoned, immediately call the toll-free Poison Help line 1-800-222-1222.

This number will connect you to your local poison center. Keep calm, inform the operator of any symptoms and suspected poisons and be ready to take notes on what steps to take.

 

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