- Store all household products out of children’s sight and reach. This includes: laundry detergent, household cleaners, bleach and liquid detergent.
- Store poisonous products out of children’s sight and reach, or behind a locked door. this can include: pesticides, plants, medicines, makeup, personal care products, lead, art supplies, alcohol, etc.
- Call the poison control hotline for any questions/concerns about poison ingestion or bites/stings, for children and pets. (800-222-1222)
- Install carbon monoxide alarms in the house, especially near sleeping areas. Do not use a grill, generator or camping stove inside the home or near a window. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that can cause injury or death.
- Keep small electronics that use button batteries out of reach of children. This includes: remotes, car key fobs, watches, pocket calculators, musical cards, and flameless candles. Button batteries, if ingested by children or pets, can burn holes in the esophagus and cause death. Call the National Battery Ingestion Hotline if you are concerned or have questions. (800-498-8666)
- Protect your kids from burns and scalds from hot liquids, steam or electrical appliances. Check the bath water temperature with your wrist or elbow before giving baby a bath. Do not leave children unsupervised around bathwater, kitchen or electrical outlets. To prevent hot food or liquid spills, simply use the back burner of your stove and turn pot handles away from the edge. Unplug and safely store irons, flat irons and other appliances that might be hot to the touch.
- Talk to your kids about medicine safety. Be alert to medicines from visitors or grandparents. Put medicines out of reach after every use. Use the proper dose of medications, as directed on the box or by your physician. Never refer to medicines as “candy.”