THE ROBINSON REPORT #30: Poison Prevention and Perils of Laundry Packets

President John F. Kennedy proclaimed the third full week in March as National Poison Prevention Week. Our goal of raising awareness on the dangers of poisonings doesn’t end in March.  Preventing injuries and deaths from accidental poisonings is critically important year-round to protect American consumers, especially small children. In 2015, more than 84,000 children were seen in Emergency Departments due to accidental poisonings. More than 80 percent of these poisonings happened in the home and most often involved liquid laundry packets and various types of medications.

Liquid laundry packets are brightly colored, and children often mistake them for candy, pacifiers or toys. The laundry packets are designed to dissolve rapidly when they come in contact with moisture, including wet hands or saliva.  If you have small children in your home, please keep laundry packets out of reach.

If a child swallows the liquid in the laundry packet, seek medical attention immediately.  Symptoms of poisoning may include loss of consciousness, excessive vomiting, drowsiness, throat swelling, and difficulty breathing.

In addition to the risk of poisoning by swallowing the liquid, these packets may also cause serious chemical burns, severe irritation, and temporary blindness from bursting in a child’s eye or onto their hands, which they may rub into their eyes.

To prevent accidental poisoning or eye injury, please remember:

  1. Never let children handle the laundry packets!
  2. Always keep the liquid laundry packets sealed in their original containers, and make sure they are “out of sight and locked up tight!”
  3. If swallowed or exposed to the eye, immediately call the Poison Help at: 1-800-222-1222.


Following these easy steps, will help keep our children safe!

For more information visit the CPSC Poison Information Center. #Prevent Poison #SafetyFirst #LockItUp


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