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Poison-Proofing Your Home

Poison-Proofing Your Home

A normal household contains many poisonous substances, from cleaning products to medications to painting supplies. To protect children — and even pets—in your home, follow these precautions:

* Select medicines that have childproof caps.
* Keep medications and household products locked away out of reach of children.
* Install protective devices that keep children from opening cabinet doors and drawers.
* Keep dangerous products in their original, labeled containers.
* Add poison symbol stickers to dangerous items and explain to children what they mean.
* Don't give a child medicine in the dark.
* Never tell a child that medicine tastes like candy.
* Dispose of outdated medicines as recommended.
* Work with fume-generating products only in well-ventilated areas.
* Set a good example for children by wearing protective clothing like gloves or a mask when using poisonous or hazardous substances.