There's a hidden danger in the laundry room that many parents don't consider. Laundry packets with their bright colors and interesting design can pose serious harm to children. The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) has released a public safety video for parents and caregivers on the topic.
In 2013, there were 10,000 laundry packet incidents involving children ages five years of age and younger. The packets contain highly concentrated detergent that can harm children if ingested or released into the eye. The number of incidents is a sign that parents are still not heeding warning to place all chemicals out of reach of children.
In addition to keeping laundry packets out of reach, parents should also consider the following tips:
- Do not let children handle laundry packets
- Do not puncture or pull packets apart
- In addition to storing out of reach, be sure to store packets out of sight
- Keep laundry packets in a dry location. Packets dissolve upon contact with water, wet hands or saliva.
To view the ACI's informational video visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_9g8KWNczY&feature=youtu.be