Important tips for keeping kids safe in the laundry room
posted by: Amber Johnson
This post is in partnership with Tide.
Last month I shared my Nearly-Blinded-By-Bleach story when, as a tired mom of a newborn, I had an encounter with an unsecured bottle of bleach…and lost.
This is one of the many reasons why Tide’s new advertising campaign resonates so deeply with me. It is dedicated to keeping children safe and making parents aware of potential dangers in the home.
It only takes a second for an everyday item to become dangerous. Keep these products out of the reach of children. Remember: Keep Them Up, Keep Them Closed, Keep Them Safe.
When my kiddos were born, I wasn’t prepared that part of exploring their new world also meant putting everything in their mouths. What I didn’t know is that “mouthing” is absolutely normal, even beneficial, in a child’s development (my kids were mouthing prodigies). According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, one of the developmental milestones for small children is precisely to explore the world around them through their hands and mouth.
While you shouldn’t try to get your little one to stop mouthing, you instead just need to be aware and on guard. Most of us do a pretty good job with childproofing our homes but often neglect the laundry room and simply opt to keep the door closed. We need to do more! Just like any other household cleaning product, laundry pacs need to be handled with great care to prevent unintended exposure. To keep kids safe from preventable injuries, P&G partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide, The American Cleaning Institute, and The American Academy of Pediatrics. Together P&G and these groups have raised awareness and educate families about how to prevent injuries related to children and laundry pacs across the country.
A few other considerations:
*Keep these products out of the reach of children between every load.
*After each use, close the container completely and immediately put products away in their appropriate storage location.
*Use a cabinet safety latch as an added security measure to ensure products are not accessible.
*Adults should follow the instructions on the product label.
If your child does put one of these packets in his mouth or gets any in his eye, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. For additional information on laundry safety, please visit the AAP’s HealthyChildren.org or SafeKids.org.