Storing Cleaning Products So Your Baby Is Safe
It’s always exciting when your baby becomes more mobile. They first learn to crawl, then walk, and before long they are running all over the place. Toddlers quickly learn to climb as well, and with their newfound mobility, there is much more that they can get into. One way children especially love to explore with is their hands and mouth. Having access to new places gives them much more to explore, and can lead them onto hazardous situations. That is why it is vital to have a good storage plan for your cleaning products.
Household cleaners are some of the worst offenders for internal damage and poisoning of young children. If you have young children n the home, you must store hazardous products on a high shelf where they cannot reach or ideally in a locked cabinet. Do not rely on a product having a child proof cap. Companies cannot guarantee that the caps work to keep every child out, so locks are the safest alternative. Cabinet locks are available in toy stores, discount stores, hardware stores, and even at online retailers.
When using cleaners while your children are present, keep them in a secure place like a playpen or even in another room while you use the product. Even when using when the child is in another area, get into the habit of placing the cleaner on a high shelf or pushed back on a counter when using, so it is always out of reach of curious hands. You may be distracted by a phone call, or by another chore, so by making a habit out of putting things out of reach, you can avoid an accidental poisoning.
Reusing containers is great if you are doing your part to think green and recycle, but do not do this for cleaning products. It may seem eco-friendly to use an old soda bottle to store a cleaning solution, but it could be easily misconstrued as water or something to drink, and be given to a child. Use recycled containers for non toxic items and always clearly label them.
If somehow your child gets hold of a cleaning product and drinks it, call NHS Direct at 0845 4647. There are experts manning the phone lines that can give you directions for what to do at home or whether you need to go to an emergency facility. Brink the container with you so the health professionals will know exactly what chemicals your child has ingested. It is important for the parent or caregiver give the hotline personnel or the medical staff as much information as possible so they can do their best to successfully treat your child.
A toddler on the move can be fun and safe. Take extra care to keep your cleaning products as well as other toxic solutions under lock and key at all times. Get on your knees at your child’s level to really get a perspective on just what they can see and reach. By taking a few precautions you can make your home a safe and healthy environment.