Poison Prevention Fact Sheet: 12 Things You Need to Know

1. Store medicines and household products in a locked closet or cabinet. They need to be placed in a safe place, out of your child's sight and reach.

2. Always store medications and hazardous household items in their original containers.

3. Be sure that all products are properly labeled, and read the instructions before using.

4. Buy items that have safety caps and child-resistant packaging. These are provided to deter poisoning.

5. Install safety latches on any cabinet containing medicines or household products.

6. When taking or giving medication, turn the light on.

7. It is best not to take any medication in front of your child. Children love to imitate their parents.

8. Never call medicine candy. This can confuse your children. Use the medicine's proper name.

9. Teach your children not to drink or eat anything unless you or an approved caregiver gives it to them.

10. Every six months, make it a point to clean out your medicine cabinet. Safely dispose of old medications.

11. Know the names of the plants that are inside and outside of your house, and whether or not they are poisonous. Keep poisonous plants out of your children's reach.

12. Watch for repeat poisoning. A child who has already swallowed a poison is more likely to try it again.

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