Make Safe Happen with Nationwide – Poison Prevention

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“This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine.”


As a parent, my number one priority is to make sure that my kiddos are safe.  Sometimes, this is harder than others – after all, our kids don’t come with manuals, and things happen no matter how diligent we are.  But as parents, we always try our best to make sure that we are doing the best that we can for our kids and keep them safe.  And this year, Nationwide is out to help us on our mission with their Make Safe Happen Program.

The Make Safe Happen program began in 2015 to empower parents, caregivers, and kids with resources to help make their homes safer.  According to the CDC, nearly 9 million children are treated at emergency rooms and more than 9,000 children die each year due to accidental injuries.  This year, they are focused on four at-home safety risk:  furniture and TV tip-overs, poisoning, drowning, and fire.  

This month Nationwide and Make Safe Happen are helping educate us on poisoning.  9 out of 10 poisonings occur in the home, and according to the CDC, two children in the U.S die every day as a result of being poisoned.  It’s pretty obvious that caustic chemicals need to be put out of reach for children, but there are other items that parents need to be concerned about. For me, some common modern poisoning risks didn’t enter my radar.  For example – laundry packets.  While my children are older and hopeful know better, the bite-size, colorful pods look like toys or candy.  Another big one at my home – hand sanitizer.  We keep this around constantly, but it can have poisonous levels of alcohol, which is risky for children.  Check out some other risks on Make Safe Happen’s awesome infographic:


Now that you have some poisons that you may not have thought of in mind, what are some preventative steps that you can take to keep your children safe from poisoning?  Here are a few tips frm Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program:


  • Use Safety: Especially if your children are 5 or under, consider not using chemicals in front of your children.  If you think about it, children love to mimic what we do – which can put them in danger.  
  • Safe Storage and Disposal: Keep any household cleaners or medicines in the original containers out of reach and sight of tiny hands, and locked up! Dispose of old or unused chemicals or medicines (watch out for your medicine cabinet!).
  • Be Prepared: If you think or know that your child has ingested or come into contact with any poison, call Poison Control, and take a minute right now to enter their number into your phone: 1-800-222-1222.

What are your best tips to preventing poisoning for children?  What poison risks concern you most in your home?

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