Poison Prevention Checklist

Print out this checklist from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and use it to poison-proof your home.

The Kitchen:

Do all harmful products in the cabinets have child-resistant caps?

Yes   No 

Products like furniture polish, drain cleaners and some oven cleaners should have safety packaging to keep children from accidentally opening them.

Are all potentially harmful products in their original containers?

Yes   No 

There are two dangers if products aren't stored in their original containers: Labels on the original containers often give first aid information if someone should swallow the product. And if products are stored in containers like pop bottles, a child may think it is a liquid they can drink.

Are harmful products stored away from food?

Yes   No 

If poisonous products are placed next to food, a child may get them mixed up and accidentally swallow the poison.

Have all potentially harmful products been put up high and out of reach of children?

Yes   No 

The best way to prevent poisoning is making sure that it's impossible to find and get at the poisons. Locking all cabinets that hold dangerous products is the best poison prevention.

The Bathroom:

Do your aspirins and other potentially harmful products have child-resistant closures?

Yes   No 

Aspirins and most prescription drugs come with child-resistant caps. Check to make sure yours have them, and that they are properly secured. Check your prescriptions before leaving the pharmacy to make sure the medicines are in child-resistant packaging. These caps have been shown to save the lives of children.

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