Our houses/basements/garden sheds are full of toxic substances which can cause harm if used wrongly. Children are particularly vulnerable as they are naturally curious and have little sense of potential danger.
- Store medications out of reach of children. Ask for child-proof lids
- Supervise when children take medications
- Don't share medicine, only give it to the person it is prescribed for
- Make sure you do not exceed the daily maximum dose of a medication. For example if both mum and dad are giving paracetamol to a child, they need to communicate when a dose has been given to avoid over-dosing.
- Store out of reach of children. It is tempting to keep dishwashing tablets in the cupboard next to the dishwasher, but this is very harmful to children if swallowed.
- Explain to your child that the bottles of cleaning materials are not to be played with and are dangerous.
- Keep your garden shed locked if it contains poisons.