Poison Prevention Week officially kicks off on March 18th and runs through the 24th. This post is sponsored by the American Cleaning Institute. All opinions are my own. #PacketsUp.

I keep my #packetsup because…

Laundry packets make laundry easy, but if they fall into the wrong hands can be accidentally broken or ingested. The “Through Their Eyes” video gives a good perspective on how toddlers see things and explore the world and shows the importance of proper storage and safe practices.

We do a lot of laundry in our home and , with five plus people living in our homeunder one roof, you can imagine our laundry room can be a busy place, and can get a little messy.

Ever since our beautiful granddaughter was born, my wife and I have taken an active stance on home safety. Because our laundry room does get cluttered, we make sure to have a designated place to keep laundry packets and household cleaners up and out of reach and sight. I keep my packets up so that our little one, Riley, and our curious pup, Cole Black, stay safe from accidental exposures.

Some people simply don’t know how to properly use and store liquid laundry packets and cleaners, that’s why we are helping the American Cleaning Institute and its Packets Up! campaign to help spread the home safety word.

Laundry packets make laundry easy, but if they fall into the wrong hands can be accidentally broken or ingested. The “Through Their Eyes” video gives a good perspective on how toddlers see things and explore the world and shows the importance of proper storage and safe practices.

cole on the couch

Safe Storage & Prevention

Accidents can happen instantly. Children and pets move quickly. And, both are prone to exploring with their mouths, especially when it comes to those small packets of detergent.

I have to admit, we thought about storing our laundry packets in a clear jar. But it is so important to store laundry packets in their original containers with the lids secured. The containers are not only designed to be child resistant and deterrent, but they also have the ingredients and important safety information printed on the label for easy access in case of an accident.

It is also a good idea to store your detergents and other cleaning products up high and out of sight or reach. We like to keep ours in a cabinet that is above the washing machine or countertop. You can even make sure the cabinet is secure with a child resistant plastic clasp.

In the event of an accident, keep this number on hand: The Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222. Call immediately if your child gets into liquid laundry packets and you suspect they have placed them in their mouths.

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About Packets Up

ACI created PACKETS UP! as an educational initiative for parents and caregivers to help reduce the number of accidental liquid laundry packet (LLPs) exposures in children by explaining the best way to store them. The cleaning products industry is trying to better inform consumers on the importance of proper use and storage of LLPs. The industry has 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 exposures and possible poisoning. Since 2013, ACI has teamed up with industry manufacturers to bring more awareness to this issue.

You can go to packetsup.com for more information. While there, enter your details to receive a free reminder cling that parents can place in a visible location to serve as a daily reminder to store laundry packets up and away from children.

Please feel free to join me in sharing why you put your #Packets Up. Help bring more awareness to this topic during Poison Prevention Week.

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