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When you’re thinking about baby proofing your home, the immediate rooms that come to mind are the kitchen and the bathroom. It can be overwhelming to think about all of the ways to babyproof a home and there’s one room that’s often overlooked – the laundry room.

I have to wonder why that is? We’ve all heard the stories of small children finding their way into the dryer or washing machine and the door locking behind them. So, it should stand to reason that the laundry room be at the top of our baby-proofing to-do list!

Always make sure that you use the automatic lock if your washer and dryer has one. If your model doesn’t have an automatic lock, you can easily install one on the outside of your machine.

In addition, proper storage and handling of liquid laundry packets is essential to prevent accidental exposure to young children. These packets contain premeasured doses of detergent to make it quick and easy to use the right amount of detergent, but they’re highly concentrated, so their proper storage is important. Fortunately, thanks to improved package design and labeling, while the use of liquid laundry packets has dramatically increased over the past three years, the rate of accidental exposure has declined.

But the numbers can be decreased even more. I’m excited to support the American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) child-safety campaign, Packets UP! to help educate parents and caregivers. Check out the campaign website – it’s filled with videos, consumer information and activity sheets for kids that can be printed out. You can also order a cling to place on your cabinet to remind everyone in your home to store liquid laundry packets up and out of the way.

Here are some important safety tips you can implement in your home:

  • Always keep product containers securely closed before, during and after use

  • Laundry packets must be stored in their original container or pouch and kept out of sight and reach of children

  • Locking detergent packets up in a cabinet is an effective way to keep these products out of reach of young children, especially when little ones begin exploring closets and cabinets at an early age

  • Call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if there is an accident

For more information visit www.packetsup.com.

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