Low Cost Ways to Prevent Poisoning

Posted on 03/17/2014

Last year more than three million calls came in to poison centers nationwide, many involving children. Poison Prevention Week runs from March 16-22 and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention poisoning is a leading cause of accidental death in the US. In fact, an estimated 90,000 children a year are treated for poison-related incidents in emergency rooms and about 30 die, but most are preventable. Consider using these low cost ways to prevent poisoning in your home.

Install Cabinet Locks
Keep curious kids out of cabinets where poisons are stored. The Safety 1st Grip n' Go Cabinet Lock makes it easy for adults to access the cabinet, but impossible for little fingers to unlatch. A two-pack is $4.79 at diapers.com. New customers can use coupon code THOUSANDS to save an extra 15 percent.

Take the Safe Laundry Room Pledge
You've probably seen single-load liquid laundry packets, or maybe you even use them. While they're handy for busy adults, they can also be very enticing for little kids. Take the safe laundry room pledge at cleaninginstitute.org, something 35,000 people have already done.

Save Original Packaging
Keep your cleaning products in their original packaging. Each bottle or can contains important first aide information if poisoning happens. Never store products in any container that a child would associate with eating or drinking.

Put the Poison Help Number in Your Phone
Grab your phone and store this number into your contacts: 1-800-222-1222. That's the number for Poison Help. If you have an accident involving chemicals, medicine or household items call that number to connect with a local poison expert.

Introduce Your Children to Mr. Yuk
If you're a child of the 80s you probably remember Mr. Yuk. Get a free sheet of those iconic green Mr. Yuk stickers by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to Penn State Pesticide Education. Put them on dangerous bottles and tell your children to keep away from anything with a Mr. Yuk sticker.

By Alison Storm

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