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One of the leading hazards in the home for toddlers and small children is poisoning. In fact, just last year the Centers for Disease Control received more than 1.3 million calls involving poison exposure for children. Some items such as pesticides, herbicides, pool chemicals and garden products are recognized as poisonous but other, more common household items including laundry detergent and dishwashing soap are often overlooked. While it’s important to keep products like this behind locked cabinets, there’s still the risk that a toddler can get access and ingest them.
That’s why the packaging of these products is so important. Many of them are sold in “flexible packaging” such as bags that detergent pods come in which usually don’t have a child resistant closure. These are simply too easy for children to get into.
Fortunately, I was recently approached by Presto Products Company, the manufacturer of Child-Guard™, a child-resistant zipper that can be used on flexible packaging. They sent me a package of Tide PODS® which has now incorporated Child-Guard™ closure onto their packaging so I could test it out for myself. You might have already seen the new ads on TV featuring Tide PODS® with Child-Guard™. The instructions are simple and it’s easy to use but it does take some patience to open. What I like is that it requires two hands to open, something that is difficult for toddlers.
Child-Guard™ can also be found on Hex Detergent and hopefully more companies will start incorporating it as well. You can learn more about it and get some great household safety tips by visiting the Child Guard site.