Watch Out Parents – That’s Not Candy!

Little Girl Playing In The KitchenWhen it comes to cleaning our homes, I am assuming that we all do it or have it done at some point. Have you ever stopped to think about not only what you are cleaning with but also what it looks like or smells like to a child? Candy!!

Everything in our home requires some kind of cleaner, from the carpet and tile to the dishes and pets. It is no secret that companies go to great lengths to attract people to buy their products and the use of bright colors and fruity smells are just some of the tactics commonly used in these campaigns. While the color of your cleaner is of no consequence to you, it may be very attractive to a child. Common cleaning liquids used for mopping are easily mistaken for juice if left unlocked or unattended. The little gel packs used for things like dish washers and clothes washing machines are very easily mistaken for candy. The pellets placed in your garbage disposal to make it smell better, if left unlocked or unattended can easily be swallowed. The list of household cleaning chemicals and their colors is endless.

The most important things to remember are that:

  • All chemicals should be locked and secured when not being used.
  • You should know the number for poison control by memory: 1-800-222-1222…and
  • When in doubt, do not hesitate and call 911.

Thank You and Be Safe.

About the Author

Greg Atwood is a Firefighter /Paramedic in Coral Gables Florida and works for the Coral Gables Fire Rescue. He is an American Heart Association certified instructor in BLS ( Basic Life Support ), ACLS ( Advanced Cardiopulmonary Life Support ), and PALS ( Pediatric Advanced Life Support ). Greg currently lives in Miami Florida with his beautiful wife Alexa and their 2 sons, Connor and Jake. Greg is a former member of the PedSafe Expert team


2 Responses to “Watch Out Parents – That’s Not Candy!”

  1. Andy says:

    “Many cleaning products do look like food. Another way to look out for children is to make your own cleaning products. Oftentimes, lemon juice and/or vinegar diluted in water will be as effective as cleaners with harsh chemicals. These are safer, can be made on the spot, and are easy to keep away from children.

    • Stefanie Zucker Stefanie Zucker says:

      Great idea Andy…especially since both the smell (vinegar) and the taste (lemon juice) are typically a bit off-putting, especially for kids; so even though they’re safer, they’re still not drawing a kid’s attention towards a cleaning product with the perception of “boy that looks and smells delicious”. Great comment! Thanks!

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