As a parent, grandparent, or guardian, you want to protect your children from harm. Over nine million children are admitted to emergency rooms each year for injuries, and over nine thousand of those children die as a result. The tragic part is that many of these injuries are preventable.
Recently, nearly 300 instances of children swallowing Tide Pods, brightly coloured laundry detergent in small packages, have been reported. This led the company to re-design the case it comes in, adding a double-latch to deter children access. Children are attracted to the small pods as the bright colours make them look like candy.
While 98 percent of parents think itâ€™s important to lock up medications and cleaning products, the reality is that over half donâ€™t. Pamela Fuselli, executive director of Safe Kids Canada, implores parents to â€œto check your home for potential poisons and store them where children canâ€™t see them and lock them up so children canâ€™t get at themâ€ because their curious nature has them exploring everywhere. As a parent of a toddler, these safety measures are extremely important.
National Safe Kids Week is May 28 to June 3, and Safe Kids Canada draws attention to steps parents can take to make their home safe. Itâ€™s also good to have emergency contact information near your phone just in case. In B.C. the Drug and Poison Information Centre 24-hour line is 1.800.567.8911. However, if a child is unresponsive, call 911.
Unsure of where to start child proofing your home? Safe Kids Canada has these suggestions:
- Buy medications with child-resistant caps,
- Keep all medications and cleaners in original containers,
- Make sure all cupboards with cleaners or household solvents are locked or safety latched.
The Centre for Disease Control has a number of resources available on how to prevent home injuries caused by burns, sports, poisoning, drowning, and falls. These few simple reminders are part of CDCâ€™s â€œProtect the Ones You Loveâ€ initiative.
For More Information:
- Maker of Tide detergent pods to make safety changes, CTV News
- New data shows many parents are not taking proper precautions to reduce the risk of poisoning from common household products, Safe Kids Canada
- Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries are Preventable, CDC