Putting Safety First: Poison Hazards

The Latest From Safety Bytes: A Quarterly Update On RFMCO Safety

2019 was a record safe year for R.F. MacDonald Co. employees! However, safety doesn’t stop when you leave from work. Injuries at home are on the rise in the US, and recently, poisonings surpassed vehicle accidents as the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths. In fact, there are over 2 million poisoning incidents reported to poison control centers nationwide each year. Several household items present poisoning hazards, including cleaning and home maintenance supplies. However, a little diligence and the right know-how can decrease the chance of anyone in your family becoming a victim.

Ways to minimize risks:

  • Store Medications Properly
    Both over-the-counter and prescription medications need to be kept away from children and teens. Dispose of all unused medications and never leave them out on a counter
  • Keep Paint Out of Reach
    Even paint that isn’t lead based needs to be properly stored and kept out of reach of children
  • Make Sure Chemicals Are Secure
    Protect both children and pets from accidental poisoning by cleaning supplies. Keep all household cleaners in a high cupboard with a safety lock to keep kids and animals from accidentally finding them
  • Put Away Personal Products
    Keep all makeup, hair products, soaps, and other personal products out of the reach of children and pets
  • Lock Up Detergent
    As with all household cleaners, keep detergent locked out of reach of pets and kids. If you use detergent pods, make sure children don’t mistake them for candy

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