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March Tips of the Month: Make Your Home Safer

Post the Poison Control number 1-800-222-1222 on or near every phone.

Keep poisonous products, such as cleaning products or medicines out of a child's reach and locked in a cabinet.

When cleaning, do not leave poisonous products where your children can get to them.

Don't create new cleaning solutions by mixing different products designed for other uses.

Buy child-resistant packaging for all medicines, cleaning agents and any product that would be potential poison for a child. Child resistant caps do not guarantee that children cannot open a container but may deter them from trying or slow them down long enough for you to intervene.

Throw away any cleaning or other products that you do not use or do not need.

Throw away old medicines by flushing them down the toilet.

Never refer to medicine as candy.

Beware of certain cosmetics and personal products that can be poisonous such as after-shave, cologne, perfume, hair spray, shampoo, artificial fingernail remover and finger nail polish remover.

Always read labels and follow the exact directions. Give children medicines based on their weights and ages, and only use the dispenser that comes packaged with children's medications.

Teach grandparents and relatives to take precautions when visiting or when a child is visiting them in order to prevent poisonings. Do not place medicines on a bedside table or next to a chair or couch. Keep medicines locked up out of the children's reach.

Know which plants are poisonous in and around your home. Either remove the poisonous plants or make them inaccessible to children.

Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. If the alarm sounds, leave the house immediately and call the fire department, local utility company or emergency medical services from a neighbor's phone.

If your home was built before 1978 have it tested for lead-based paint. Cover the lead paint with a sealant or hire a professional to remove it. Wash children's hands and faces, toys and pacifiers frequently to reduce the risk of ingesting lead contaminated dust.

 

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