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Avoid using rat bait pellets. Use products encased in a plastic bait station if required. Keep out of sight and reach of children, such as under a washing machine or refrigerator, or in the ceiling.

Keep cockroach bait stations out of sight and reach of children. When laying baits choose a position where they can't be accessed by children or pets, such as under a washing machine or refrigerator.

Liquid or powdered ant killers are made with honey and other sweetening agents and are very attractive to children and animals. Place them in a position where only the ants can reach them. Ensure snail pellets cannot be eaten by children or pets. You can buy special terracotta containers with space for the snails to enter that can be half-buried in the ground. Snail pellets containing a repellent to cats and dogs are available. Contact your local council for advice on how to dispose of poisons.

Keep the dishwasher door closed. Fill the detergent container only when you are ready to turn it on, preferably when children are sleeping. Use brands that dissolve well or remove any detergent left over after use before children can have access to it.

Vaporiser fluids, chest rubs, and essential oils can make children very sick if swallowed. Their use does not have any proven benefit. Use only under Doctor's recommendation.

Do not allow children to have access to toilet rim blocks or liquid.

Don't leave paintbrushes to soak in mineral turpentine. Clean them immediately, or keep them out of sight and reach of children until you can clean them properly.

Take care when using pool chemicals such as chlorine. Avoid inhaling powder or liquid or allowing it to contact the eyes. Do not use on windy days.

Keep ashtrays and cigarette packets out of sight and reach of children. Do not leave cigarette butts on the ground.

Matches can cause illness if swallowed. Keep matches out of sight and reach of children.

Alcoholic drinks can be dangerous to children if swallowed. Do not give children tastes of alcoholic drinks and store out of sight and reach of children.

Avoid bringing industrial strength chemicals into the home. Never take children into areas where industrial strength chemicals are in use.

Closely read the labels on poisons before you use them to ensure you have the right product for the right job. Follow the safety instructions and manufacturer's directions for use.


Last Updated: 01 October 2013
Last Reviewed: 01 October 2013