As a homeowner, you’re responsible for the safety of your family. That responsibility doesn’t stop at the front door! It’s important to take precautions with household chemicals. The best way to do that is by storing them under the sink and out of reach from little hands and curious children. Children are naturally inquisitive about their environment, so it can be tough to keep them away from harmful substances under your bathroom or kitchen sink, but there are some easy ways to make sure they stay safe without giving up much space. Here are a few tips to consider.
Do not remove labels
Do not remove labels! One of the biggest mistakes to make is removing them or allowing them to get torn. Labels contain important safety information, so always read your product’s label before use – this will help keep you and your family safe from its potentially dangerous effects. Keeping the labels intact will also provide you with valuable information should you ever need to call poison control if they end up in the wrong hands. Cleaning products should also never be stored in food containers as young children might find this tempting.
Install child locks
Installing cabinet locks on all the cabinets that are their height is a great way to keep children safe and happy. These simple safety measures prevent danger by teaching kids not to go into any of these areas where they might find harmful chemicals.
Program poison control in your phone
If you have harmful chemicals under your sink it’s important you keep the position control number programmed in your phone just in case your child accidentally ingests something harmful. Consider keeping the number in several places such as the interior of a cabinet.
Store chemicals high
Even though harmful chemicals are usually kept under the sink there’s no reason why you can’t store them somewhere out of reach until your child is old enough to know better. Either stored on a shelf too high for kids to reach (even with a step stool) or locked in cabinets.
Oftentimes chemicals come in brightly colored boxes and bottles, but one gulp or splash on the skin can mean serious trouble. As parents it’s your responsibility to keep your kids safe so be sure to follow these guidelines when it comes to chemicals.
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