1. Choose safe products
  • Request "safety-lock", child-proof caps on all prescription drugs.
  • Read the label before you buy. Choose the safest product you can find for the job.
  • Check on the safety of plants in your home and yard. The leaves, seeds and stems of some plants, such as foxglove, can be fatal.
2. Store products safely
  • Keep medicines, vitamins, household cleaning products, garden products, alcoholic beverages and garage products out of reach and out of sight. Such items should be kept locked up whenever possible.
  • Never store food and household cleaners together.
  • Always store medicines in their original containers and throw out old medicines.
  • Keep all products in their original containers, with the labels intact. Never use milk, soft drink or other food containers for storage.
  • Return products to safe storage as soon as you finish using them. Always replace covers tightly.
  • Keep your purse out of reach of children and pets. Avoid storing medicines, vitamins, cigarettes and perfume in your purse.
3. Use Products Safely
  • Never call medicine or vitamins "candy."
  • Do not take medicine in front of your child.
  • Teach children never to take medicine unless you give it to them.
  • Always turn on a light and read the directions before taking any medicine.
  • Teach children never to put berries, leaves or branches in their mouth. Some can be very poisonous.
  • Read the directions and labels of products and follow them carefully. Pay attention to ventilation warnings and storage directions.
  • If you are interrupted while using a medicine or household product and must leave the area, take the product or child with you. It only takes a few seconds for your child to get into a hazardous substance.
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Valley View Hospital is a member of Planetree, a community of hospitals dedicated to providing nurturing, compassionate, and personalized care to patients and families. Our staff is encouraged to examine the hospital experience from the patient's perspective, and create healing partnerships between patients, family members, and caregivers - making patients active participants in their health care.
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