Check your home to make sure all poisons are stored safely and out of children’s reach and sight. Poisoning can occur with medicines, household products, cosmetics, plants, garden products, chemicals, and animals (for example wasp stings) so take a few minutes to Poison Proof Your Home.
- Keep medicines and chemicals out of reach and out of sight of children.
- Keep household cleaning products and laundry products in a cupboard where your child can’t see them or reach them.
- Keep all products in their original containers. Try to use containers with safety caps but remember these are child-resistant, not child-proof.
- Read labels to avoid mistakes:
- Follow the instructions carefully on household products.
- Talk to your GP or pharmacist if you have any questions about the label on medicines.
- Teach children to always ask the adult minding them if something is safe to eat or drink.
- Do not leave containers open when using them.
- Do not transfer products from their original containers into another container.
- Do not remove labels from medicines, chemicals or household products.
- Do not take medicine in front of children as they often copy adults.
- Do not leave household products unattended while in use.
- Do not mix cleaning products or use two different products at the same time. Some mixtures can produce a toxic gas.
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