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How can I prevent children from being poisoned?

To prevent children from being poisoned:
  • Always supervise children closely, especially in areas where poisons are commonly stored, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and garages.
  • Keep children out of your work area when you are using potentially harmful substances.
  • Consider all household or drugstore products to be potentially harmful.
  • Read all labels of products you use in your home. Look for these words on bottles and packages: “Caution,” “Warning,” “Poison,” “Danger,” and “Keep Out of Reach of Children.”
  • Be careful when using and storing household products with fruit shown on the labels. Children may think that they are okay to drink.
  • Remove all medications and medical supplies from bags, purses, pockets, shelves, unlocked cabinets, and drawers.
  • Keep all medications, medical supplies, and household products locked away, well out of the reach of children and away from food and drinks.
  • Install special child safety locks to keep children from opening cabinets.
  • Use childproof safety caps on all medications, chemicals, and cleaning products.
 
  • Never call medicine "candy" to get a child to take it, even it is has a pleasant candy flavor.
  • Keep products in their original containers with the original labels in place.
  • Use poison symbols to identify dangerous substances and teach children the meaning of the symbols.
  • Dispose of outdated or unused medications and household products as recommended.

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