On Your Side: Hidden Household Dangers

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

News 12 at 6, July 23, 2008

AUGUSTA--There are a lot of things sitting around your home that can be a danger to your children. And some of them look almost exactly like something that's completely safe.

The packages of many dangerous things around your house are very similar to the packaging of safe things you use every day. Your child may not be able to tell the difference.

"It's easy for a child to mistake one product for another," says MCG Safe Kids Coordinator Rene Hopkins to point out a few of the obvious ones you may have at home.

"That tiki oil in a bottle looks a lot like apple juice to a child," she says while pointing to two very similar bottles with an almost identical looking liquid in it.

Then there was the Windex bottle and the container of Gatorade.

"Children see that under the sink and thinks there's my drink. Only, it's not, it's Windex."

"Here we have grape juice and this is cough syrup," she says while holding two small bottles that both have a very similar purple liquid in them.

And lastly, Rene put out two white tubes. Both look the same to the quick glance, "You think you're getting toothpaste, in fact you're getting something else." What you're getting in the other tube was medical cream.

The point is you probably have stuff like that at home and you have to be careful with it.

So read the labels put the bad ones in a safe spot with a cabinet lock and make sure you're supervising your kids.

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