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Steps to Prevent Poisonings

Store Poisons Safely

  • Store medicines and household products locked up, where children cannot see or reach them.
  • Store poisons in their original containers.
  • Use child-resistant packaging, But remember - nothing is child proof!

Use Poisons Safely

  • Read the label on each household product or drug three times:
    1. Before you buy - so you will know what the dangers are.
    2. Before you use it - so you will use it safely as directed.
    3. Before you store it - so you can put it away out of sight and reach of children in locked cabinets or cabinets secured with safety devices.
  • Are children around? Take the product or medicine with you to answer the door or the phone.
  • Lock products and medicines up after using them.
  • Is it medicine? Call it medicine, not candy.
  • Children learn by imitation. Take your medicines where children can't watch.

Teach Children to Ask First

Poisons can look like food or drink. Teach children to ask an adult before eating or drinking anything.