Daffodils, Parmesan and Kids…Who Knew?

Last updated on April 15th, 2014 at 01:03 am

Daffodils - beautiful but dangerousSpring is here. Flowers are in bloom. In Connecticut one local town celebrates the arrival of spring with an annual daffodil festival. In fact – thousands of flowers. I wonder how many people know that the bulbs of the plant are among the most poisonous of all plants in the US.

And who doesn’t like a little Parmesan cheese sprinkled on- well in my house, on just about everything. And I like the bright inviting colors of the packaging- inviting me to indulge. Unfortunately Comet cleanser has equally colorful packaging. And certainly you never accidentally put your comet in the fridge and the Parmesan under the sink but look at products the way a child would. They are drawn to bright colors and to things that Mom and Dad handle and use.

Antifreeze used to smell really nice and became a common poison to our animals and kids. Manufacturers are no longer allowed to add perfumes to make the product smell better. Believe it or not, antifreeze performance does not improve with the addition of perfume and without it kids and dogs are safer.

So as you go about enjoying spring, getting into spring cleaning- check to make sure that your cabinets, both kitchen and bath have child proof locks. In the garage make sure that kids can’t get in or that products are well out of reach. Also make sure that shelving is very secure and won’t fall over onto curious, climbing kids. And finally check your fridge for Comet- just to be sure.

Accidental poisoning CAN be prevented- take a few minutes to check things out- don’t guess, be sure.

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Editors Note: This post originally ran in May of 2010 and was written by our former PedSafe EMS Expert Jim Love.  Our thanks to him for some wonderful reminders

About the Author

Jim is a transportation safety expert with more than 40 years in both the emergency medical services and the school bus industries. Jim is a former member of the PedSafe Expert team and is proud to have been one of the original contributors to PediatricSafety.net more than 9 years ago.

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5 Responses to “Daffodils, Parmesan and Kids…Who Knew?”

  1. oh gosh, I used Comet today. It’s up on the highest shelf in the pantry, I can barely reach it!

    • Stefanie Zuckersazucker says:

      Just be careful…they climb much better than we do (ok fitness queen, perhaps I should say, better than I do). 😉 Ps. I use comet all the time…and it’s always under the sink. Time for me to invest in some kid-proof safety locks…

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