Start early. By the time a child starts to crawl (6 months old), the home needs to be "poison proof."
Set up safe storage areas. Potential poisons should be stored in cabinets located up high, preferably with safety locks. photo of personal care items in bathroom
All household chemicals and medicines should be stored in safe areas.
Use child-resistant caps. If the caps no longer work, replace them.
Keep products in their original containers with original labels left. Never put poisons in other containers, especially food or beverage containers. Avoid using pill cases or plastic baggies for medication.
Keep purses and diaper bags out of reach. They may have potentially poisonous products and medicines that are easily accessed.
Keep alcohol drinks and mouthwash away from children.
Keep paint in good condition. No chipping or peeling.
Do not store food items and non food items together.
Do not forget to poison proof the garage.
Read and follow directions on the container.
In low lighting, turn on light and read label to ensure taking or giving proper medication.
Dispose of old medicine appropriately.
Keep medication in the original containers. Photo of medicine
Do not take medication in front of children since they like to imitate adults.
Never tell children that medicine is candy or call it candy.
Teach children to never take medication unless you give it to them.
Use child resistant caps but remember child resistant caps are not child proof.
Always keep medication, including vitamins, locked up in safe storage area. Do not leave on dressers, tables, and countertops including vitamins.
About 20 percent of drug ingestions by children involve a grandparent's medication Poison proof grandparents' home Make sure grandmas purse is not available Be careful of weekly pill minders, though they help to organize medication, most are not child resistant
Keep houseplants out of a young child's reach.
Identify the name of all your plants, both indoors and outdoors. Label each of your plants with the correct botanical name.You can bring a sample to a plant store to get the correct name.
Consult the poison center's "Plant Guide" to find out how poisonous each plant is.
Mushrooms and berries are particularly attractive to young children. Teach your children never to put mushrooms, berries, or any part of a plant including leaves, flowers, stems, bulbs, or seeds in their mouths.
Mushrooms are especially abundant after a rainfall. Remove mushrooms from your yard and dispose of properly after each rainfall.
Do not assume a plant is non-poisonous because birds or wildlife eat it.
Do not rely on cooking to destroy toxic chemicals in plants.
Never use anything prepared from nature as a medicine or "tea."
Use products safely. Read and follow directions. Example: Wear gloves or Use in well ventilated area
Follow directions for storage
Do not mix chemicals
Return all products to safe storage immediately after use.
Do Not leave your child or pet alone while using a product. Poisonings happen very quickly. If the phone or doorbell rings, take the child with you.
Have the poison center's phone number 1-800-222-1222 available or programmed into the telephone
If there is a question or a potential poisoning call the poison center. It's better to be safe than sorry. Do not wait for symptoms to appear; symptoms may often be delayed. Always call for help if someone may have been injured or poisoned. If you suspect a poisoning, call the poison center immediately at 1-800-222-1222. Poison Information Specialists are available at the poison center seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
Provide a safe place for visitors to put their belongings while in your home.
To reduce illness, deaths and costs associated with poisoning through providing statewide 24-hour emergency telephone advice, poison prevention information and education. We are proud to serve as your statewide poison control center and we are committed to providing a quality poison control service for the state of Iowa. Feel free to contact us anytime and remember, help is just a phone call away. Call us today at 1.800.222.1222.