Safety Center

Making Your Home Safer for Children and Pets

While many families are focused on keeping their homes sanitized during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember other home-related safety issues. More than 90 percent of poisonings occur in the home, according to the National Safety Council, with the majority of them happening to children younger than five years old. If you have young children, here are some ways to better safeguard your home.

  1. Install childproof locks on cabinets that contain medicines.

  2. Safely throw away old medicines and potential poisons. Never flush them down the toilet.

  3. Household, auto, lawn care, and pool chemicals, paints, laundry products, alcohol, and poisons should be clearly marked and stored in a safe place that children cannot access.

  4. Always store any potentially poisonous fluids in their original container. Never transfer them to household containers such as large plastic soda or milk bottles.

  5. Identify any households plants that could be poisonous if ingested and place in a safe area.

  6. Keep children and pets away from any lawns or landscaping recently sprayed with fertilizer or pesticides.

  7. Consider testing your home for radon gas exposure.

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  2. “Poison Prevention for Big Kids,”

  3. Amita Shroff, MD, “Tips to Prevent Poisoning at Home,”, (November 30, 2022).

  4. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), “Poison Prevention Tips,”

Our Safety Center pages are filled with tips related to the safety and maintenance of your home and autos. The information contained in these articles should not be construed as professional advice, and is not intended to replace official sources. Other resources linked from these pages are maintained by independent providers; therefore, NJM cannot guarantee their accuracy.