Laundry Packet Safety 

The Facts:

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, poison centers receive about one call every hour about a child getting into a liquid laundry packet. Between 2012 and 2013, about one child per day was hospitalized or experienced serious effects as a result of getting into these packets. The impact is greatest among 1 and 2 year olds, as they are known to be explorers, and often learn by touch and by putting things into their mouths.

Tips to Keep Kids Safe:

  1. Keep liquid laundry packets out of children's reach and sight.
  2. Keep packets in their original container and keep the container closed.
  3. If a child gets into them, call the Poison Help number immediately: 1-800-222-1222.
  4. Consider using a detergent other than laundry packets.

For more information about Liquid Laundry Packets, please visit Safe Kids Worldwide - Liquid Laundry Packets. For handouts or other materials, please contact Janna Day at janna.day@unitypoint.org or (515) 241-3262.


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