This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine
Keep Your Kids Safe: Easy Poison Prevention Tips To Keep Your Home a Safe Place for Your Children.
I had to have my stomach pumped as a toddler. Oh yeah, those Flinstone Vitamins were just too good to pass up while my dad napped on the couch. Apparently, I crawled up on the counter and pried that bottle open and ate more then my fair share. And that was the end of my mom leaving me with my dad while she grocery shopped….
I was a handful and could and would get myself into any predicament as a toddler. Being the oldest of four, after my shenanigans, my parents realized quickly how much child-proofing needed done around the house.
But the truth be told, childhood poisoning is all too common, and 9 out of 10 childhood poisonings occur at home. This is not something I want to cause you to fear over–but something I want to help educate you on, so that you can take a few easy steps, and then rest easy and just enjoy your children.
Across the country this year, nonprofit organizations like Nationwide Children’s Hospital, American Red Cross, and Safe Kids Worldwide, have come together to help empower and inspire over one million safety acts by the end of this year.
As part of this program, Nationwide has created MakeSafeHappen.com where you can find tips, checklists and tools to make your home safer. They even have a Make Safe Happen App. This is a great tool for any caregiver to use and one that would have made child-proofing my house so much easier at the time.
And I am proud to help Nationwide Spread the word and keep our kids safe.
Here are some tips to prevent poisoning:
- Think about all the things that are potentially poisonous and intriguing to children. Beyond medications and cleaning products, think about nail polish, laundry detergent, shampoos, dishwasher detergent, batteries, certain plants, and hand sanitizers. Check out these 5 Toxic products to put on your watch list that most people overlook.
- Use poisonous products when children five and under are out of site, if possible. Keep these products up and away and/or locked up with proper child safety locks.
- Once you have child safety locks, be sure to properly install them.
- Be Prepared: If you suspect or know that a child has ingested or come into contact with any poison, call the poison Help Number. Take a moment to save the Poison Control number to you phone: (1-800-222-1222).
- As your children get older, talk to them about the dangers around the house. We have so many medications at our house due to our disease, and we have had many conversations that while these medications are helping to prolong and better our lives, if used incorrectly they can harm or shorten our lives.
To minimize poisoning in my house, I have chosen to to do the following, as well the items mentioned above:
- Not purchase gummy vitamins or vitamins in fun flavors.
- Not have medications flavored at pharmacy or buy dyed over the counter medications that look like brightly colored candy.
- Avoid the use of flavored mouth wash and taught my kids proper toothpaste dosage.
- Only purchase unscented hand sanitizer and used sanitizing wipes for my children when they were younger. Find out more about how to properly use hand sanitizers here.
- I clean with all natural products. They are still toxic when consumed in large doses, but less enticing to children to play with.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors on all floors of home. Find out more about carbon monoxide here.
- Regularly remind kids of safety rules and why certain things are harmful to our bodies.
Like I said earlier, it is not my hope to make you fearful of childhood poisoning, but instead to empower you to make think about how to keep your family safe, so you can have peace that you have done all you can.
Find out more about preventing childhood poisoning at Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen Site.