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Be On The Safe Side: How To Protect Your Kids From Pesticides

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Imagine this: It’s a nice summer day at home. Your husband is lounging on the couch reading a newspaper, you’re in the kitchen preparing a nice late breakfast, while your eldest kid is in front of the TV playing video games.

And where is your little tot? To your surprise, he’s holding a can of Baygon in his hand and is about to spray his mouth with the pesticide. You run to him immediately and grab the can away from his hand. Clearly, your child doesn’t know anything about pest control yet.

Ingesting pesticides will poison your child. How do you avoid instances like this from happening again? Today, we’ll look at ways you can protect your kids from pesticides.


1. Always keep pesticides out of their reach

Don’t just store these mixtures in drawers or closets. Make sure you place them in really high areas where they can’t easily grab them. It may mean you have pull a chair to get these chemicals on your own, but at least you don’t have to worry about your children getting poisoned. An even better idea would be to lock the storage unit where you keep the pesticides.


2. Keep them out if there’s a fumigation

If an exterminator orders a full house fumigation to be done, get everyone out, especially your kids. Just like the example above, don’t let your children taste or even inhale, the toxic chemical that come from pesticides.


3. Seal the container tightly

This is so even when the kids grab a hold of the pesticide, they don’t suddenly dunk the liquids onto themselves or drink them. If need be, place tape around the cap so kids aren’t able to open them.


4. Tell your kids pesticides are not to be played with

Sit your children down and show them what pesticides are, what they look like, and why they can’t touch them yet. Go over this until he/she fully understands what you’re saying.


5. Mark pesticides

Alternatively, you can also take a marker and write something like “DO NOT TOUCH. FOR ADULTS ONLY” or “POISON. DO NOT DRINK” on the container so that kids are often reminded that this stuff is bad for them.


6. Keep the pesticides in their containers

In an effort to recycle and have more space at home, most moms place detergents and pesticides in water containers. For the sake of your kids, do not do this. It could be mistaken as a drink. For their protection, keep them in the original container.


7. Have your kids wash their hands regularly

Even dried pesticide can still have negative effects on children. Make sure that they regularly wash their hands after a long day out or being around the house. This is so the chances of them getting poisoned are greatly reduced.

These tips will keep your kids healthy and safe from harmful pesticides. Do you know other ways to keep your children safe from these chemicals? Let us know in the comments section below.

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