Do threatening household poisons lurk under your kitchen or bathroom sink? More than 50 percent of families leave household chemicals unsecured, according to research by the nonprofit Home Safety Council. Tragically, such chemicals - including cleaning supplies and cosmetics - are the most frequent cause of child poisoning incidents. And even products with child-proof caps or those stored behind special latches can be a threat, because parents may not realize the extent of the danger.
"We don't want to think that something bad will happen in our homes, the place where we want to feel safest," explains Meri-K Appy, president of the Home Safety Council. "We're used to seeing household chemicals, but it's rare for people to invest the time" to keep their extra-strength drain cleaner or their blood pressure medication out of a child's reach.
To lower the risk of child poisoning in your home, Appy offers this advice:
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