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It seems as if our lives are now made up of finding even the smallest ways to save time. From smart devices that will lock your doors and turn off lights to being able to simply push a button and having your dog food arrive at your door the next day, every second counts when you’re trying to fit all the “to-dos” into one day. Even pre-measured items such as meal delivery kits and home cleaning items shave time off your busy schedule and ensure you’re always using the right amount of a product.
One of the items I always have automatically delivered to my house these days are liquid laundry packets. There’s never a need to guess whether you used the right amount of detergent or if you’re close to running out – you know when you’re down to your last one or two. While these products are convenient and effective, parents, grandparents and babysitters need to be careful when it comes to using and storing liquid laundry packets. As a blogger who focuses on family and child safety, I’ve always been vigilant on making sure that I store liquid laundry packets up and away every time, even in between loads. This has since become habit for everyone else in my house doing laundry, too. Whether you have toddlers or not, you certainly can have friends and relatives visiting who bring their little ones along, so making laundry safety a habit is important.
Now in its sixth year, the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) created the Packets Up! campaign to educate parents and caregivers about the importance of properly using and storing liquid laundry packets out of sight and away from children. They have worked with public safety officials and consumer groups to put in place a series of packaging and labeling measures as part of a new standard that can help reduce accidental exposure.
ACI recently conducted a national survey among 1,000 parents and caregivers to learn more about laundry routine habits. What they found is that about 15% of families with kids under the age of four allow their kids to help put liquid laundry packets into the washing machine drum and 19% store them on an open shelf.
Especially as we’re getting ready to start spring cleaning around the house, ACI is encouraging all parents and caregivers to organize their laundry rooms and make sure their liquid laundry packets are stored safely. To help, they have a Packets Up! website where you can order clings for the front of your washer and dryer (as well as those of friends and family) that remind everyone, including Grandma, babysitters and spouses, to put always keep liquid laundry packets up and out of sight from children. Check out this video, Through Their Eyes, on the ACI site to understand how to keep toddlers safe by seeing the world from their perspective.
Most importantly, be sure everyone in the house understands these important safety messages
Accidents can happen in an instant, never let children handle laundry packets.
Children are naturally curious, and they explore the world with their mouths.
Proper storage and handling of liquid laundry packets is essential in preventing accidental exposures.
Liquid laundry packets can be harmful if swallowed or get in the eyes.
Keep laundry packets up and away. Always store them out of sight and reach of young children.
Always keep laundry packets in their original container and close the container securely after each use.
Call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if there is an accident.
ACI would love to have everyone share the message of why they put their #PacketsUp. For me, we adopted a puppy three months ago. He’s the reason why I put my #PacketsUp because he chews everything! And while I don’t have toddlers anymore in the house, my daughters babysit all the time and need to be aware of this when they watch toddlers. I put my #PacketsUp so my teens remember this important message when they’re babysitting. What’s your reason? Share your #PacketsUp story below and help spread the word!
Visit packetsup.com and follow #PacketsUp on Facebook and Twitter for more information.