Keeping the Laundry Room Safe for Kids

This is the first in a series about making your house child-safe room by room. Make sure you’re subscribed to get tips for every room.

Here are safety musts in and around the laundry room, including handling of cleaning supplies:

  • Store laundry products out of the reach of children and pets. Be especially cautious of the new “laundry pods”, because they are colorful and have a texture much like candy or toys.
  • Keep products in their original containers with their labels intact. Many household cleaners are colorful, and some have pleasing scents. They can easily be mistaken for sports drinks and juices.
  • Never combine cleaning products, especially ammonia and bleach! The result is a release of toxic chlorine gas which can cause severe breathing problems.
  • Clean up any liquid spills immediately to avoid a slipping hazard.
  • Wash hands after you dispense or measure laundry detergent to prevent skin irritation.
  • Empty buckets after use, and store them upside down. Toddlers, especially, can drown in just a few inches of water because their large heads make them vulnerable for falling in and not being able to pull themselves out.
  • Vent the dryer to the outside of the home to deter mold and mildew growth, and make sure to clean the lint trap after each use to prevent a major fire hazard.

— Erica Surman, RN, BSN, Pediatric Trauma Program Manager, Beaumont Health System

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