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Grandparent Home Safety

Here are some tips for adults who don't usually have children in their home.

General

  • Keep all products in original containers.
  • Keep ashtrays empty and out of the reach of children (better yet, don’t allow smoking in or around your home).
  • Keep alcoholic beverages out of the reach of children.
  • Program the number for poison control in your cell phone and post it in your house—1-800-222-1222.

Kitchen

  • Move cleaning products from under the sink to upper shelves.
  • If grandchildren will be spending a significant amount of time in your home, consider installing cabinet locks.
  • Remove medicines including vitamins from countertops, windowsills and open areas.
  • Store all household products away from food items.

Bathroom

  • Keep all medicines, cosmetics, perfumes, mouthwashes, etc., out of sight and reach of children- or lock them up!
  • Move drain and toilet bowl cleaners, etc., from under the sink to upper shelves.
  • Dispose of outdated medications appropriately.

Bedroom

  • Remove medicines from dresser or bedside table.
  • Keep perfumes, nail polish removers and powders out of reach of children.
  • Know the names of the plants in your home. Keep them out of the reach of children and pets.

 Laundry Area

  • Keep all bleaches, soap, and detergents, out of reach of children.
  • If you use detergent packets, be sure they are stored out of reach.

 Garage/Basement:

  • Keep insect sprays, weed killers and fertilizers in locked storage.
  • Keep turpentine, paints, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, rust removers, and motor oils in locked storage.
  • Keep products in their original container with original labels.