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Safe from poison

“Get that out of your mouth!” If you’re a parent, I’ll bet you’ve only said this about 10,000 times to your child before the age of 5. I certainly have — but it isn’t always harmless objects that they reach for at every opportunity. Children have that adventurous tendency to explore the home and put themselves in very dangerous situations if you don’t keep an eye on them.

There are well over 2 million accidental poisonings in North America each year and sadly, many result in the worst possible outcome. That being said, the majority of these tragedies are preventable if you take the time to educate yourself and your family, take preventative steps to avoid them entirely and understand how to respond in the event of an accidental poisoning.

As with most safety issues in the home, it all starts with common sense. Be aware of what your children are doing, understand where they can get themselves into trouble and eliminate the possibility of accidents by keeping harmful products out of sight and out of reach. It’s difficult to keep every dangerous item in the home under lock and key (especially if you’re unaware that they are hazardous) but that is certainly your safest bet and the best way to protect your family.

Check out this week’s video above for a better understanding of how poisonings occur, where they are most likely to occur and what to do in the event of an emergency.

Do you have small children? What steps have you taken to protect them from accidental poisonings? We’d love to hear what tips you can add to our list. Please leave your comments below.

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  • Rich June 2, 2010, 12:51 pm

    Good point Colleen – choking hazards are also a very serious issue when it comes to children and pets. We have two children under 5 as well as two cats and they are all equally curious which keeps us very busy. Aside from removing all potentially dangerous poisonous substances from areas they can access, our other challenge is keeping objects out of their mouths and the best way to avoid that is simply prevention (always looking for threats) and supervision. Thanks for sharing!

  • Colleen Cole May 31, 2010, 10:08 am

    Wow! This was a great, and very informative video. I don’t have kids, but I have four cats, and the phrase curiosity killed the cat isn’t far off base. They love getting into places they shouldn’t be, or chewing items not intended for them. In my house, the big offenders are rubber bands and drinking straws.

    Thanks for the heads up!

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