Did you know that June is National Safety Month?
Every June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads and in our homes and communities.
As a mom, I appreciate the awareness that comes from focusing on such safety issues throughout June. It’s a wonderful way to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep you and your family safe. Anything can happen in a blink of an eye, so to have safety reminders like this throughout the year for families to note and remember, it’s priceless.
With a toddler at home, safety is always top of mind for me. I have gates at the top and bottom of the staircases in my home. I have safety locks on all the drawers and cabinets in my kitchen and bathrooms. I don’t allow any small toys to be left around the house for fear of my daughter choking. Cords and plugs are all safely tucked away and out of sight from her. All cleaning products are stored high up and out of sight. I truly try to make sure my house is as safe as it possibly can be for my family.
I’m proud to share that Tide shares the same sentiments when it comes to a family’s safety. This year I have partnered with the team over at P&G Fabric Care to be on their Advisory Board and I’m honored to be part of this amazing team. I had the opportunity earlier this year to see first-hand the safety measures that Tide was taking for their Tide Pods packaging. It was incredible to see up close and personal just how much thought and care had gone into creating the safest product for families. 20% of households are using liquid laundry pacs, us as one of those households. They’re easy to use. They’re pre-measured. They’re convenient. But households with children and infants to age three are at greater risk of incident as they love to explore and may come in contact with various household items, good and bad. Since my daughter falls into this category, it becomes very personal.
I’m extremely happy to share that this summer, Tide and Gain will offer the first-ever child-resistant bag design on their liquid laundry detergent packets nationwide. This safety measure is incredible news for households that rely and use the liquid laundry pacs. The new bag with a Child-Guard zipper passed stringent child resistance tests outlined in the Poison Prevention Packaging Act and provides the same high standard of protection commonly available on medications and other household cleaners, such as bleach. Two-thirds of people buy Tide PODS in bags, therefore, P&G expects this new child-resistant bag design to significantly decrease the rate of accidents. Also, another safety feature that is important to note, P&G recently added a bitter taste to the laundry packets’ outer layer as an additional deterrent. This is beneficial safety measure for children that might put the pod in their mouths, it will be so bitter their reaction will be to spit it out. I think it’s incredible to see a brand like Tide take these safety measures for their products. It really allows parents and caregivers the opportunity to have that extra layer of safety in play to protect their families.
Always remember that the very best measure of protection is to treat liquid laundry packets like other household cleaning products and keep them away from children. P&G is committed to safety in the home, especially as it relates to laundry room safety and properly storing laundry pacs away from young children in the household. Tide’s mission for storage of Tide Pods – UP, CLOSED and SAFE.
I’ve shared these before on my blog, but I’m always open to raising the awareness:
5 Tips for Parents and Caregivers to Always Remember:
- Keep laundry products out of the reach of children at all times – even between loads. Never place a laundry packet on the top of a pile of dirty laundry. They should never be outside of their container and accessible to children.
- Use a cabinet safety latch as an added security measure to ensure products are not accessible. Keep all laundry out of reach.
- After each use, close the container completely and immediately put products away in their appropriate storage location.
- Adults should follow the instructions on the product label.
- If your child does put one of these packets in his mouth or gets any in his eye, call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222 immediately.
Take the time to print these out and keep on hand.
Thank you to P&G Fabric Care for addressing safety concerns of parents and caregivers. P&G’s Fabric Care Team wants to help educate parents and caregivers on how to prevent incidents at home by being aware and properly closing and storing laundry pac containers.
With National Safety Month in full swing right now, take the time to share this information with your family and friends. Accidents and incidents happen, but we can take the time to do what we can to prevent them as best as possible.
Disclosure: I have partnered with P&G Fabric Care as one of their Advisory Board members. All opinions are 100% my own.