The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is joining forces with consumer product safety agencies in Canada and Mexico to promote child safety during Poison Prevention Week, March 17-23. The agencies are providing tips to keep kids safe from accidental poisoning. Unintentional poisoning is one of the leading causes of injury among children.
Statistics show that thousands of children visit the emergency room each year as a result of accidental poisoning. While child-resistant packaging on many products, combined with awareness efforts and educational programs, have helped reduce the number of youngsters injured each year, parents and caregivers must remain alert to danger.
The CPSC says consumers “play a critical role in safely choosing, using and disposing of potentially dangerous products.” Among the safety tips provided by the CPSC:
* Keep chemicals, medications, cleaning supplies, and art supplies not meant for children safely stored in a locked cabinet or box, out of the reach of children.
* Keep household chemicals and medicines in their original containers and leave the original labels on the products.
* Make sure children understand the hazard symbols on household chemical products so they do not unintentionally harm themselves or others.
* If a poisoning is suspected, contact the Poison Help Line immediately at: 1-800-222-1222.