No parent wants to think about the prospect of their children being involved in accidents. Slips, trips and falls are part and parcel of growing up, but what happens if your children get hold of harmful medication at home? Here is a guide to safely storing harmful medication to prevent accidents at home and serious illness.
Safely storing harmful medication away from your children
When it comes to safely storing harmful medication at home, your first thought should be your children. Where can you store medicines to make sure that there is no possibility of them accessing them?
The best option when it comes to safely storing medication away from children is a lockable cupboard. Preferably, your medicine cabinet should be located high up, so that it is well out of the reach of children.
Avoid fitting cupboards close to counters when safely storing harmful medication, as sometimes, children like to climb. If you don’t have a lockable cupboard in a suitable place, use a padlock to secure another cabinet. It’s best to use a combination lock, as older children may be able to open locks if they find the keys.
Try and discourage children from using the cabinet from an early age. Stress that it is for adults only. If they need medicine, make sure you get it for them. Don’t let them access the cupboard, even if you are there to supervise. Never leave tablets or bottles of medicine lying around. Make sure you lock the cupboard after you’ve used it.
When safely storing harmful medication fails
Safely storing medication away from your children can help to prevent adverse reactions. If children have access to medicine, they may not be aware of the potential dangers. They may think tablets are sweets, or medicine is a drink. Within seconds, the effects of an accidental overdose may become noticeable.
If you think there is a chance that your child has taken medicine which is not suitable for them, call 999 and wait for assistance.
Most parents are prepared for slip and trip injuries, but taking medication carries a much greater risk of injury. With home accidents, its not usually possible to claim compensation. However, if your children have been injured in a public place, you may wish to find out more about claiming compensation.
At Accident Advice helpline, our expert personal injury lawyers have experience in handling public liability claims. Call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to find out more.