It happens to be National Poison Prevention Week, but it is also Spring Break and my kids are home. We are lucky enough to have some of my New York family in town to visit us and it’s a big, loud, loving group that includes a grandma, three aunts, and one super special uncle. This crew is in the +70 age bracket, and all of them carry multiple medications in their various travel pill organizers. Yesterday, I noticed one of their pill boxes resting on a counter alongside a box of cookies and I just froze.
What if my son or daughter saw these pill boxes filled with various colored medications and assumed they were candy?
I instantly turned it into a teaching moment and wanted to share these 3 Easy Tips to Promote Household Safety:
- As parents, we need to teach our children what medications are used for and that only their parent or a caregiver should give it to them. Never tell them that medicine, including vitamins, are candy, even if they don’t like to take it.
- Along with over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, parents and caregivers should make sure their household products are kept in the original bottles and stored safely; consider cleaning products that might be easily accessible under the sink, or where your laundry detergent is located. Those “fun-looking” detergent pods should be locked up. A startling statistic: More than 90% of poisonings occur inside the home.
- Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector in your home and test it regularly. This is a great time to change out the fire detector batteries and test them as well.
An additional thought: Keep the Poison Help Line readily available and make sure a babysitter knows where to find the number: 1-800-222-1222.
During this National Poison Prevention Week, I’ve partnered with the CHPA’s educational foundation’s Up & Away program to raise awareness around the most common poison sources. Please join me this week, in taking a few minutes to make sure your medicines are stored safely up, away, and out of sight. I encourage you to check out Up & Away for more information and tips.
Here is a fun way to learn and promote unintentional poisoning prevention! In honor of National Poison Prevention Week, the National Poisoning Prevention Council conducts an annual, nationwide poster contest for kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade. You can download guidelines for the 2018 poster contest here, and poster contest entry form here.
We will be enjoying our Spring Break week with our family members and I wish you a happy and healthy Spring season as well. I’m grateful to be able to share my personal story along with these great reminders to promote household safety.
I’m proud to join the conversation and empower parents as a blogging ambassador with the CHPA (Consumer Health Products Association) Educational Foundation and KnowYourOTCs.org. This is a sponsored post. While I have received compensation by the CHPA Educational Foundation, KnowYourOTCs, my opinions are my own.