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Poison Prevention Week: Spotlight on Safety at Home with P&G Canada

Sometimes home can be a hazardous place for children, with injuries from play and curiosity resulting in more than minor bumps and bruises. These more serious occurrences are responsible for more than 20,000 emergency room visits every year across Canada- that’s about 60 children every day. Things within the home environment such as medication, batteries, household cleaning products and personal care products are the leading causes of unintentional poisoning.

Fortunately, many child injuries including unintentional poisoning are predictable and preventable. Awareness events including National Poison Prevention Week help empower families and caregivers with information and resources to improve the safety of Canadian children.

This year, P&G Canada is helping to shine a spotlight on home safety during National Poison Prevention Week happening from March 19-25, 2017. Together with Parachute, P&G Canada is sharing tips and tools to help create safer homes for children.

While many Canadians understand the importance of baby proofing, including covering electrical outlets, locking cabinet doors and placing safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs, laundry room safety also needs to be a priority for parents. According to the company, only one in five parents who buy laundry packets consider them a top safety concern. While they are bright and colourful products, parents and caregivers should avoid referring to laundry packets as a toy or something a child might want to play with.

Over the years, home layouts have changed with many newly designed laundry rooms located close to where families spend most of their time, like the living room or kitchen.

Additional safety tips include securing TV’s and computer monitors with brackets, keeping all tech accessories together to ensure they don’t pose a choking hazard for young children, and storing all electrical cords and remotes in a safe place- remote batteries can also be hazardous. It’s important to keep potentially harmful products like medications, laundry packets, batteries, cosmetics and household chemicals locked away, out of reach and out of sight of young children. It only takes a quick moment and a small amount to harm a child.

You should also be aware of potential airborne poisons like CO, Radon and smoke inside your home. Ensure there’s proper ventilation and keep all fuel burning appliances and smoke/CO alarms in proper working condition to help prevent potentially deadly consequences.

We know many child injuries can happen in the home. That’s why Parachute has a full list of Safety At Home tips to help parents create a healthier environment for their kids, from water and bath safety, to choking and strangulation, to poison prevention. For a more in-depth look at home safety, we also offer a collection of resources on Parachute Horizon.