Poison Prevention is a Simple Equation: Proper Packaging + Proper Storage = Happy Parents and Babies
Unintentional poisoning is one of the leading causes of injury to children. Thousands of children in the U.S. and around the globe are treated each year in emergency departments after consuming poisonous substances. Often those substances are products commonly found in the home, such as vitamins with iron, personal care products and button batteries. An emerging hazard is the colorful single-use laundry packet.
Yet, preventing poisoning is a simple equation, and thousands of poisonings are prevented each year. Child-resistant packaging, critical safety messaging and education efforts by consumer safety and protection agencies, poison prevention hotline workers, health care professionals and consumer advocacy groups have contributed greatly to a decline in injuries and deaths.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges parents and caregivers to remain vigilant in preventing unintentional poisonings by following these safety tips:
· Keep medicines and household chemicals in their original, child-resistant containers
· Store the potentially hazardous substances locked up and out of a child’s sight and reach
· Keep the national Poison Help hotline number, 800-222-1222, handy in case of a poison emergency
More tools you can use are at CPSC’s Poison Prevention Information Center, where you will find news releases and other materials, such as safety alerts, safety guides, posters, videos and recalls, all with critical poison prevention information. Visit the center and share the lifesaving resources with your community.