This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine.
How I Protect My Kids From Poisons in Our Home
When you have a child you tell yourself that you will do everything in the world to make sure they’re safe. As they get older we need to pay attention to what can harm them in the home. Nationwide is holding a national Make Safe Happen campaign which aims to prevent accidental injuries in children. This year the campaign will focus on four different at-risk opportunities that occur for our children and how to prevent them.
Wait until they are out of the room
If you use chemicals for cleaning, even if they are safe to use around children. Out of sight and out of reach is the perfect way to protect my kids from poisons in our home. We all know that our kids are eager to copy things they see us doing, not introducing chemicals to them by sight prevents them from imitating a “cleaning” time.
Locks and Proper Disposal
There are a lot of wonderful reusable containers that are offered on the market now that you can put your cleaners in. However, when we move products from their original packaging we are always taking away that warning label. Which is why we must keep products in the bottles they come in and lock them up.
Keeping them up is simply not enough, especially when you have children who like to climb as mine do. Properly locked cabinets are important to prevent children from encountering medicine and chemicals. You can easily go to any local department store to purchase child proof locks and while they may take a little time getting used to using it’s an important factor to keep our children safe.
Check the dates on your medicine and make sure that you dispose of it properly. This is something that I’m always on my mother about as I find old medicine in her cabinet frequently. It’s easy to check dates at least once a month and toss those that need to be taken care of, I like to make sure they are in a separate bag that the children cannot rip open if they found it in the garbage.
I never thought that I would need to have the poison control phone number readily available until I was frantically reading it off the back of sunscreen. My first child has found it, opened it and ate a handful. The lady on the other end was as sweet as pie as I was speaking through tears of a first-time parent feeling like a failure. Thankfully everything was okay but I could have saved myself a headache if I had the number on hand in the first place.
Write down the poison control number on the fridge, on anything you leave for a caregiver and leave it in your phone (1-800-222-1222). Do not feel embarrassed about calling, the people on the other end are not judging you. They are there to help you remain calm and take the proper steps to ensure your child’s safety.
Understand That we can Prevent
According to Nationwide 2 in 5 parents keep their cleaning products in low cabinets that are not locked. While some parents have bought safety devices most don’t use them. Taking our children’s safety important will help prevent these accidents and give a safe environment for our children to grow.
Download the Make Safe Happen app to purchase safety items, get checklists for each room to prevent accidents and set reminders to ensure a safe environment.
How do you ensure that you prevent poison interaction in your home?