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Tips to keep your family safe as part of Poison Prevention Week

Keeping harmful things out of the reach of children is always top of mind for parents, and Alberta Health Services wants to remind the public about a couple of tips to keep your kids safe.

In the past, the PSA’s voiced the dangers of leaving household chemicals under the kitchen sink, and while they still remain a threat, Dr. Albert De Villiers says prescription pills actually lead to more than half of emergency room visits. He says the “Out of sight, out of mind” method works wonders.

“If you do have medication you know that could be bad for your kids, try to take it where they don’t see you. In the bathroom or in the bedroom, or somewhere else, just not in front of your kids so they don’t learn that behaviour.”

De Villiers adds when it comes to storage of prescribed medicine it is always best to keep things high, and hidden so wandering minds don’t get too close.

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“The important thing is to store and lock away all the medications out of sight. Make sure it’s not like a said, in a cupboard or under the sink where a kid can crawl and get into it.”

The updated reminder is all part of AHS Poison Prevention Week, which runs until March 22nd.

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