Every year, more than one million children under the age of 5 are exposed to potential poisoning hazards from medications and household chemicals. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has created the “BE AWARE” acronym to remind adults how they can help prevent accidental poisonings in children:
Be sure to keep household products and medicines out of sight of children in a cabinet or closet that locks or has a child-resistant latch.
Ensure that medicines and all household products remain in their original containers– never transfer to bottles, cups or other non-child-resistant containers.
Ask for and use household products and medicines in child-resistant packaging. Re-secure the safety feature carefully after each use.
When storing household products, be sure to choose a location other than where foods and medicines are stored.
Avoid taking medications when children can see you because they tend to imitate adults.
Refer to medicines by their proper names. Medicine is not “candy.”
Ensure that you read the label before using a product.
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