The term “kids will be kids” is a common one and used often to describe common situations where people expect kids to behave the way they did. Since kids are kids and curious by nature, it is important to know that you may find that your child explores areas of your home that you may use to keep prescriptions, chemicals, and other toxic chemicals. Because of this, you need to make sure that you keep these items safely stored and out of the reach of children.
If you are unsure of whether you should store medicine or chemical somewhere, get down on your child’s level and see if you can see or reach the item from there. If you can, it is not in a good place.
Below, we will talk about safe and helpful storage tips for all your toxic supplies and substances.
Common Toxic Chemicals in Your Home
The list below will show you some of the most common toxic chemicals that can be found inside your home. These chemicals include:
- Motor oil, antifreeze, or other car chemicals
- House paint
- Nail polish remover
- Medicine or prescribed narcotics
- Insecticides and weed killers
- Drain cleaners
- Furniture cleaners
- And more
Keeping Your Children Safe from Harmful Chemicals and Substances
All these chemicals pose a danger to your children and should always be kept out of their reach. If your child does get a hold of these items, he or she could be seriously injured or worse.
Follow these steps below to ensure a safe home and environment:
- Keep all medications and prescribed narcotics away from your child, out of reach, and in a locked place. If you do keep these items in a cabinet, lock the cabinets. You can also store medications and substances in a safe
- Always place alcohol out of the reach of children. You could store liquor and alcohol on top of the fridge, so as the child cannot reach it, even if they were to stand on a chair
- Store all household cleaners including drain cleaners and bleach in a high cabinet or behind a locked cabinet door. This way, your child cannot access the chemicals
- NEVER leave toxic chemicals or substances open or unattended when there is a child around. Always supervise the chemicals you are using
- Make sure you hide all personal items that can be poisonous such as nail polish remover, hair spray, and more
Pro Tip: If you do use a lock and it does not require a key, never allow the children to see how you unfasten the lock as they can easily learn to do it themselves.
Create a Safe Environment in Your Home
Your child’s safety is number one and you should keep all chemicals and toxic substances away from them. Even if you store these items in the garage, like most people, you want to ensure that each item is kept out of the reach of a child.
As a final note, most chemicals and medications come with a child lock on them but not all do, so be vigilant.
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