Swallowing medicines, like everyday painkillers that you might keep in your handbag or bedside cabinet, is the most common way for children to be poisoned. Almost 20% of accidents in under fives in Suffolk are related to poisoning.
Child-resistant tops and strip and blister packs for tablets help to slow children down but they are not childproof. Some 3-4 year olds can open them in seconds!
The detergent capsules and concentrated liquids under the kitchen sink can harm children too – they can cause accidental poisoning but also squirt into the eyes and cause damage. The capsules come in boxes that aren’t child-resistant.
You can keep your home child friendly by:
- Keeping medicines locked away and ideally up high where your child can’t come across them.
- Fitting safety catches on any low cupboard doors and drawers and make sure bottle tops and lids are on properly.
- Don’t forget the painkillers in your handbag on the floor or on the bedside table!
The following video demonstrates how easy it is for a child to get hold of medication or household cleaning products and swallow them:
Take our quiz to find out if your home is a Child Friendly Zone, along with ideas to help you make your home safer for your child.
For more information about steps you can take to make your home a Child Friendly Zone, why not complete the Home Safety Checklist with your family?
Or you can print our "Child Friendly Zone" signs and put them up in your house, to remind you of our top tips for keeping your home Child Friendly!
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