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.
On Saturday, September 2, 2023, Oliver Williams, age 35, of Saunderstown, RI was arrested in connection to a series of breaking and entering incidents that have been affecting local residents over the past week.