Everyday items in the home can quickly turn poisonous when used by the wrong person in the wrong way. Batteries, laundry packets, cleaners and personal care products can cause harm when ingested. Read on to learn about some of the hazards to be aware of and be prepared by programming the poison center number in your phone in case of emergency 1-800-222-1222.
Dangers of Button Batteries
Button batteries are the flat, disc - like batteries found in many household devices including mini remote controls, small calculators, watches, key fobs, flameless candles, and musical greeting cards. They also come in many children's toys including "talking" or musical books. When a child swallows a button battery, the salivia triggers an electrical current. This causes a chemical reaction that can severely burn the esophagus in as little as two hours.
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Button Battery Safety Tips:
- Always keep loose batteries locked away.
- Keep small battery operated devices out of reach of children.
- Place a piece of duct tape over controller or devices to secure batteries.
- Call the poison center immediately if you suspect a child has swallowed a button battery 1-800-222-1222.
Liquid Laundry Packets
Liquid laundry packets are colorful, squishy and attractive to children. They look like candy or something fun to play with. The poison center receives calls about pediatric exposures every year. Swallowing laundry detergent can cause mild to severe symptoms requiring hospitalization. Liquid laundry packets may burst and cause injury to the mouth, throat, face or eyes if a child bites it. Consumer reports no longer recommends using liquid laundry packets if you have children younger than six years old in your home.
Laundry Packet Safety Tips:
- Always keep detergents locked up high and out of reach of children.
- Always keep the product in its original package and keep the package closed.
- Call the poison center if you think a child has been exposed a liquid laundry packet 1-800-222-1222.
Learn more from our partners:
- View or download liquid laundry packet ingestion fact sheet from the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
- Visit Safe Kids Worldwide to learn more about liquid laundry packet safety.
- View or download the Safe Kids Worldwide Liquid Laundry Packet Infographic.