Families in Manchester are being urged by the Royal Society for the Prevention Accidents (RoSPA) to take action to protect their children from the risks of household cleaning products.
The latest phase of the Take Action Today campaign, is being launched today at Rusholme Children’s Centre in Manchester.
This follows the scheme’s success in twelve areas of the UK including Birmingham, Liverpool, King’s Lynn, Nottingham, Newcastle, Bradford, Lincolnshire, Warwickshire and Northern Ireland, where over 300,000 families have been helped to prevent poisoning and eye injuries.
Across Manchester, hospital admissions for accidental poisoning for under-fives are significantly higher than the England average.
As part of the campaign, a handy magnetic notepad featuring key safety advice will be handed out to thousands of families by health visitors and children’s centre staff.
Ashley Martin, RoSPA’s acting public health adviser, said: “The notepad acts as a constant reminder in family kitchens to store cleaning products out of reach, out of sight and in a locked cupboard.
“Due to their inquisitive nature, children under the age of five are most at risk of accidentally swallowing or getting household cleaning products, like liquid laundry capsules, into their eyes. Even products with a child-resistant closure cannot guarantee safety - they only reduce the risk by delaying access to the product.”
Manchester councillor Garry Bridges, executive member for children and schools said: "We are fully supportive of this campaign which reminds us all to be careful when using and storing products that might be harmful to young children who we know are curious by nature. These visual magnetic notepads with useful safety advice will be a reminder to busy parents to be vigilant and make sure that all products are stored securely and out of reach of little fingers to avoid unnecessary accidents."
Take action today, put them away advice to parents includes:
• Store household cleaning products out of reach of children, preferably in a locked cupboard
• Always store chemicals in their original containers
• Never pierce or break laundry capsules or tablets
• Always close the lid of any product
• In the event of an incident, follow advice on the product pack and seek medical attention.
Further information on the Take Action Today campaign can be found at www.rospa.com