When you have young children around the house, poison safety should be a priority. Children under six have the highest incidence of non-fatal poisoning of any age group. Thirty-eight percent of those child poisoning cases are caused by ingesting grandparents' medication. To protect your child against poisoning follow these safety tips.
- Store dangerous items. Anything form household cleaning chemicals to prescription medications can injure a small child. Keep those products out of reach of children and locked away from curious hands. Drawer and door guards can help keep your child safe.
- Dispose of unnecessary items. If you have expired medications, leftover paint, or other unneeded chemicals, you should safely dispose of them to remove the danger from your home.
- Follow label directions. When administering medicine to children, be sure to thoroughly read the warning label and follow dosage instructions.
- Turn on the light. To give your child medication at night, always switch on the light to make sure that you have grabbed the right medication bottle and are giving him or her the right dose.
- Know the poison control center number. Keep this phone number in a visible and easily accessible place, like the front of the refrigerator. Call immediately if poisoning occurs. It can save your child's life.
If your child has suffered severe injuries because of a defective product or the actions of someone else, please call (303) 431-1111 today or contact The Gilbert Law Group® for your consultation with one of our experienced injury attorneys.