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How To Prevent Pediatric Poisonings Video by CIRP

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Published on Apr 8, 2010

With more than 1.2 million children younger than six swallowing or having contact with a poisonous substance each year, poison prevention and immediate treatment are key in keeping children safe. It is important for parents to recognize poisons, such as medicines, cleaning products and car fluids. Keep them locked up, and know what to do if a child does come in contact with a poison. To prevent poisonings, parents and caregivers should:
-Carefully read product instructions and warning labels.
-Keep poisonous substances locked up and out of the reach of children.
-Install safety latches on all cabinets containing poisonous products within a child's reach.
-Only buy medications with safety caps on the bottles. Tightly secure caps after every use.
-Store household cleaners, paints and varnishes in their original containers in cabinets.
-Make sure cabinets are securely locked after every use.
-Be aware that many people keep medication in purses and travel bags. Remind visitors to your home to keep these out of the reach of children.
-Share these tips with others who care for your child.

For more information on poison prevention, such as a video on what to do if you suspect a poisoning, please visit our website at InjuryCenter.org.

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