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Spring cleaning safety tips: Consider household poisons

Posted at 3:24 PM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 16:24:59-04

After the long winter we’ve had, we are all anxious to clean up the clutter inside, and get outside to enjoy warmer weather and outdoor activities. Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin joined Live at Noon with some safety tips to keep in mind as you think about spring cleaning:


Consider poisons when cleaning:

  • Don’t walk away: When you are cleaning, it’s easy to walk away or forget about the cleaners you are using. Remember that cleaners can be dangerous to kids and pets. When using the cleaners always make sure they are within your site, but out of your children’s reach.
  • Store safely out of reach: When finished cleaning, make sure to store them both out of reach and out of site. Spring cleaning time also is a good time to check that cabinet latches and locks are in good condition and will continue to keep items out of harm’s way.
  • Medications: Go through medications that are no longer needed or expired. While sorting, keep all medications out of reach of children. April 27 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. To learn where and how to dispose of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, contact your local health department. Until you can dispose of unused and expired medications, make sure they are stored and locked out of sight and reach of children . . . as well as any current medications you will keep.


Don’t forget your garage while spring cleaning. Garages tend to get messy over winter.

  • Check that all poisons are stored out of reach of children and pets. Common products in the garage that are poisonous to children include:
    • Pesticides you may have put out last fall.
    • Antifreeze and windshield washer fluid.
    • Gasoline and automotive oil
    • Rust remover, paint thinner, lighter fluid, lamp oil.

If you suspect someone has been poisoned or have a question about poisons, call the Poison Helpline at 1-800-222-1222 to talk to a poison expert.

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