Every year, more than one million children under the age of 5 are exposed to potential poisoning hazards from medications and household chemicals. According to the U.S. Poison Control Center, which fielded more than two million calls last year for human poison exposures, peak poisoning frequency occurs in one- and two-year-olds. The most common substances include cosmetics and personal care products, cleaning supplies and medicines.
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has provided these tips for adults on how they can help prevent accidental poisonings in children:
- Keep household products and medicines out of sight of children in a cabinet or closet that locks or has a child-resistant latch.
- Be sure that medicines and all household products remain in their original containers– never transfer to bottles, cups or other non-child-resistant containers.
- Use household products and medicines that feature 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. Never refer to medication as “candy.”
- Ensure that you read the label before using a product.
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