Laundry Safety

Young children are explorers, and as they develop, they often learn by touch and by putting things into their mouths. Liquid laundry detergent packets are designed to dissolve in water, so when they come in contact with wet hands or mouths, they start to dissolve and might release the concentrated liquid inside. We want to encourage our kids to explore and discover new things, we just need to be careful to keep them safe.

Laundry Pods

New products are introduced into the market for use in the home every day, but how often do we stop and think about what impact these items may have on the safety of our families?

laundrypacketsSince 2012 when liquid laundry packets began gaining traction in the market, more than 33,000 calls for children 5 and under have been reported to poison centers about children getting into liquid laundry packets. That’s more than 30 children every single day.

The new packaging presents a need for new safety precautions when using and storing the product. Safe Kids is teaming up with Tide and Gain and their Up, Up and Away Program to educate families on proper storage of laundry packets in the home to help reduce the risk to children.

Parents can help protect children in the home by remembering these simple tips:

  • Keep liquid laundry packets out of children’s reach and sight.
  • Keep packets in their original container and keep the container closed.
  • If a child gets into them, call the Poison Help number: 1-800-222-1222.

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