With National Poison Prevention Week among us, it’s important to make sure that you’re always doing everything that you can to keep your family safe from harm. National Poison Prevention Week takes place the third week of March and is designed to highlight a very important issue: the accidental poisoning that is occurring in huge numbers across the country each year.
According to PoisonPrevention.org, more than two million poisonings are reported around the country annually. More than 90 percent of those occur in the home and, to make matters worse, the majority of non-fatal poisonings involve kids that are younger than six-years-old. The top five most common culprits in children include personal care products, household cleaning agents, analgesics, toys or miscellaneous items and topical medications.
The Problem With Plastics
If you want to take a proactive approach to safe guarding your family from the dangers of unintentional household poisons, it is important to keep a few key things in mind. For starters, to reduce the number of questionable chemicals your family may be exposed to, get rid of plastic items and replace with safer materials.
Think about all of the plastic items that you have in your home that may fall into this category. This can include baby bottles, kids sippy cups, food storage containers and more. Swap these items with more environmentally friendly alternatives, such as glass or BPA-free containers.
Cleaning Products: Out With the Old, In With the Eco-friendly
Next, pay close attention to the types of cleaning products that you’re using to keep your home clean and free from germs. Toss the chemically laden cleaners in favor of greener solutions. Consider using all-natural versions or even popular household ingredients like distilled white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, lemon and baking soda. If you do purchase store-bought items, don’t rely on a label that says “all-natural” or “green” – more often than not it is only telling part of the story. Choose products that are certified by organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice label to make sure you’re getting a product that perform well and are actually safe for human health.
How Fresh Are Your Air Fresheners
Finally, look into replacing all of those air fresheners that you might be using. You may like the smell, but really all you’re doing is poisoning the air that your family is breathing and creating an unsafe environment for everyone involved. Many air fresheners can contain phthalates, carcinogens, neurotoxins and other ingredients that can lead to breathing problems, allergies, asthma and other types of lung diseases. Instead, reduce that indoor air pollution by freshening up your home in the natural way. Consider using baking soda to eliminate odors, for example, or add more plants to your home for that all-day fresh smell.