Home chemical safety must be taken seriously. We use toxins frequently in our day-to-day lives.
Unfortunately, many people keep hazardous cleaning supplies in the cabinet below the kitchen sink. Dangerous bathroom products are kept in a low cabinet.
Both places make it easy for children to explore and discover poisons.
Young children, especially under the age of five, share several characteristics...
That's why it is extremely important for home daycare providers to be diligent about children's safety. Poisonings can and do happen. All household toxins must be locked up.
In a home daycare setting involving several children, you honestly cannot be everywhere at all times. Lock up every potential danger; the higher the cabinet, the better.
If you haven't done so already, please place the number for poison control next to your phone. 1-800-222-1222.
Really... do it now while the thought is in your mind.
Should you ever need to call, Poison Control will ask for specific information. You'll need to know the victims age and weight, and the time of the poison exposure. You should also have the poison container on hand when you call.
Have Syrup of Ipecac in your First Aid Kit. Do not, however, EVER give this to anyone without the consent of Poison Control or a physician. Depending on the poison, inducing vomiting may make the initial injury worse.
Home chemical safety starts by going through every room in your home. The following list is by no means complete, but contains common household toxins that should be locked up and kept away from children.
|After Shave Lotion||Dish Detergent||Perfume|
|Air Fresheners||Drain Openers||Pesticides|
|Alcoholic Beverages||Fabric Softener||Pet Care Products|
|Ammonia||Fertilizer||Polishes (any kind)|
|Bath Oils||Hair Colorings||Rubbing Alcohol|
|Batteries||Hand Sanitizers||Silver Polish|
|Bug Sprays/Traps||Insecticides||Sleeping Aids|
|Car Polish||Lamp Oil||Soaps|
|Carpet Cleaners||Laxatives||Spot Removers|
|Cigarettes||Lighter Fluid||Spray Starch|
|Cleansers (any kind)||Lye||Suntan Lotion|
|Conditioner||Mothballs||Toilet Bowl Cleaners|
|Cough Syrup||Nail Polish/Remover||Turpentine|
|Diaper Cream||Over-the-Counter Meds||Windsheild Fluid|
|Diet Pills||Paint||Weed Killer|
|Disinfectants||Paint Removers||Wood Stains|
Tips to Prevent Accidental Poisonings:
As a child care provider, your top priority is the safety of the children. PLEASE... take the time to look over the entire safety section.
Home chemical safety is just one area of daycare safety. Learn all you can to keep all the children as safe as possible.