Most household cleaning supplies are full of harmful chemicals. Eating, drinking, touching or even smelling some of these substances can poison children and pets.
Prevent an accident by being aware of common household chemicals and how to store them properly. In this post, we highlight some ways to promote poison control safety.
Common Household Chemicals
Often the danger of common household chemicals may be overlooked, because they are used every day. Some products that should be kept out of reach from children and pets are:
- Air-freshening sprays
- Antibacterial kitchen and bathroom cleaner
- Carpet and upholstery shampoo
- Drain cleaner
- Furniture cleaner
- Glass cleaner
- Laundry detergent
- Dishwasher tablets (According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, children often confuse tablets for candy, causing 11, 711 incidents in 2014 by children five and under.)
- Toilet bowl cleaners
Note: Before purchasing household chemicals, read labels and all precautions.
Proper Cleaning Supply Storage
To assure children and pets are safe from household cleaning supplies, it is important to store these items properly. When storing, keep items locked up and out of reach. Some additional tips include:
- Always keep a close eye on items when in use. Never leave toxic household chemicals unattended.
- Store chemicals in their original containers to assure they are sealed properly.
- Never leave or store supplies near food preparation.
- Place sensors on cleaning supply cabinets so you can be alerted if children access them without your permission.
- Most importantly, teach your children the importance of staying away from harmful chemicals.
In Case of an Emergency
If your child or pet comes in contact with a harmful household substance, take action immediately. Create a list of important contacts that is easily accessible in case of an emergency. Your list should include:
- Poison Control (1-800-222-1222)
- Local veterinarian
- Parents’ work and cell phone
- Nearby relatives
Have you found ways to keep your household safe from harmful chemicals? Share with us in the comment section below.
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