Home Safety

About Poison

  • Read warning labels and follow storage directions on household products.
  • Poisonous products can include medicines, cleaning supplies, hair spray, and home repair materials.
  • Keep poisonous products out of children’s sight and reach on high shelves. Install child-proof latches on cabinets that do not have locks.
  • Store food and non-food products separately to prevent confusion and protect your family from container contamination and toxic spills.
  • Always choose non-toxic alternatives when possible and use products with child-resistant caps.
  • Never mix cleaning products together; they may produce dangerous fumes (ammonia and bleach should never be mixed).
  • Install Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors in your home.
  • Flush expired medicines down the toilet rather than throwing them in the garbage.
  • If it is necessary to use harsh chemicals, use them when children are not at home, or at least are in a different room. Always wear gloves when handling products that could be toxic and follow all manufacturer’s instructions.


About Drowning, Choking, Suffocation, and Strangulation

  • Never leave children alone near water, including bathtubs, buckets, swimming pools, rivers, and the ocean. Learn and practice First Aid and CPR.
  • Use child-proof fencing around all swimming pools and hot-tubs.
  • Avoid toys for children under 3 years of age that are smaller than 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. Toys for young children should never have small or removable parts that could be choked on.
  • Avoid window blinds with looped cords, which may cause strangulation if not stored out of children's reach. Keep plastic bags and drawstring cords away from children.
  • About Falls and Other Injuries
  • Keep your floors free of anything that may cause tripping, such as toys, shoes, or magazines.
  • Use stools, ladders and stepladders carefully.
  • Make sure that your home is well lit. Use guards on windows and safety gates near stairs to keep children from falling
  • Follow manufacturers' instructions for storing and using lawn equipment or chemicals.
  • Wear protective gear on eyes and ears when using power tools.
  • Keep sharp or electronic kitchen and bathroom items out of children’s reach. Keep electric appliances away from water.


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