Ten Ideas For Keeping Kids Safe While Cleaning
National Poison Prevention Week (March 18-24) annually highlights the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. As a longtime supporter of Poison Prevention Week activities, The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) is supporting the 2007 observance by sharing must-have tips for cleaning around young children.
Here are ten simple year-round reminders for consumers to help keep children safe:
1. Take a tour of your facility. Making sure your entire facility is safe for children.
2. Install locks on cabinets/closets that house cleaning supplies.
3. Keep all cleaning products in their original packages. Packaging includes useful first aid information in the event of accidental exposure or ingestion.
4. Read and follow the product-label directions.
5. Don°Øt leave cleaning buckets unattended. Even those with a small amount of liquid pose a danger. If a small child falls into a bucket, it may not tip over and he or she could drown.
6. Schedule cleaning during "down times."
7. Take out only the amount of cleaning product needed for the job at hand. Store the rest away securely so there's no chance that small explorers will get their hands on it.
8. Immediately clean up any spillage.
9. Avoid distractions or interruptions when children are present during cleaning.
10. Post the Poison Control Center phone number (1-800-222-1222) in case of emergency.
"Very simply put, an ounce of prevention means a safer facility," says SDA Vice President of Education Nancy Bock, who is the 2006-2007 Chair of the Poison Prevention Week Council. "In 2005, half of all exposure calls managed by Poison Control Centers involved children under six.
"National Poison Prevention Week is a good time to identify where potential accidental poisonings can occur. Concentrate on preventative measures that can help keep kids clean and safe," added Bock.
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