Children Act Fast, So Do Accidents
National Poison Prevention Week is March 16-22, 2014 and the American Cleaning Institute has some important reminders to help keep your family safe:
- Store all household cleaning and laundry product containers out of children's reach and sight
- Read the label and follow instructions when using cleaning products
- Close the container immediately after use
Last year, in conjunction with the 2013 Presidential Proclamation, signed by the President of the United States, ACI and manufacturers shared safety messages about the safe and proper use of single-load liquid laundry packets. This new product needs to be handled differently to prevent accidents in the home and unnecessary trips to medical facilities. As with all cleaning products, we encourage parents and caregivers to keep this product out of reach of children. Why? Liquid laundry packets contain concentrated laundry detergent and are harmful if swallowed or exposed to the eye.
Safety Tips for Single-load Liquid Laundry Packets
Cleaning product manufacturers and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are encouraging consumers to follow these safety practices:
- Do not let children handle laundry packets
- Do not puncture or pull packets apart
- Store out of child's sight and reach
- Keep container closed and dry
- Packets quickly dissolve upon contact with water, wet hands, or saliva
- Packets can rupture, releasing contents into eyes
For more information, review ACI online fact sheet for using and storing these new products safely.
Is your laundry detergent out of reach and out of sight of children? Take a few minutes to audit where you store your laundry detergent and use our laundry room safety checklist to see how you can make your laundry room safe.