Did you know?
Household chemical products are among the top products responsible for injuries and deaths in children under the age of 5
Windshield washer for example, so essential in the winter, is often bright in colour, which makes it appealing to children. However, this product is very harmful if ingested, even in small quantities.
Follow these tips to reduce the risk of exposure to household chemicals:
- Teach children that hazard symbols mean Danger! Do not touch.
- Program emergency numbers into your phone.
- Store in original containers and according to instructions.
- Keep out of sight and out of reach of children and pets.
If someone has been in contact with a household chemical product and you think they may have been harmed:
- Call a Poison Control Centre or your health care provider right away.
- Tell the person who answers the phone what the product label says. There should be first aid instructions surrounded by a border on the back or side of the product label.
- Bring the product container with you when you go for help.
- Report the incident to Health Canada.
Click here for more tips on the safe use of household chemicals.