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Poison Proof your Home

March 25, 2013 / Posted by in Hints & Tips

Use this guide to poison-proof your home room by room.  Keep items in their original containers.

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Use this guide to poison-proof your home room by room.  Keep items in their original containers.

Kitchen:

Your kitchen is one of the most dangerous places for a child.  Drain openers, detergents, oven cleaners, disinfectants, sanitizers, and other cleaners can hurt you and your children.  Put safety latches on all cabinets and drawers with harmful products.  Even better, put these products in a place that children can’t reach.  Children often get into dangerous products while someone is using them.  If you can, keep your children out of the room while you are cleaning.

Bathroom:

Things in your medicine cabinet  –  like medicine, makeup, mouthwash, first aid supplies, deodorants, and cleaners  –  can hurt children.  Put a safety latch on your medicine chest.

Bedroom:

Keep medicine, medications, perfumes, makeup and cigarettes out of children’s reach.

Living Room:

Things to look for in the living room are:  liquor, cigarettes, furniture polish, lamp oil, and some plants.  Not all plants are poison, but they may cause choking.

Garage, Basement and Laundry Room:

These are some of the most dangerous places in your home.  There are lots of chemicals and poison in them that can hurt or kill a child:  bleach, antifreeze, gasoline, kerosene, car polishes, car batteries, paints, paint removers, mothballs, bug spray and bait boxes, insect repellents, flea and tick shampoos and sprays, weed killers, road salt and more.  It’s safest to keep children out of these places altogether.

(In part from Home Safety  (from USDA’s Help Yourself to a Healthy Home)

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