Parents in Salford are being urged to take extra precautions when storing their cleaning products.
The initiative, Take Action Today campaign, is being rolled out across Salford today, Monday 2 November. It aims to prevent the poisoning of children by household cleaning products.
Claire Beswick, lead nurse for 0-19 Children’s Nursing Services at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, warned against the dangers of storing washing and cleaning products where children could reach them.
“Unfortunately young children, particularly those under the age of five, do sometimes consume household cleaning products such as washing machine tablets, liquids and gels, or get them in their eyes, in part due to the curious nature of children, she said.
“This can result in a trip to A&E, some unpleasant side effects, eye injuries and even poisoning.
Ashley Martin, The Royal Society for the Prevention Accidents’ (RoSPA) acting public health adviser said: “Due to their inquisitive nature, children under the age of five are most at risk of accidentally swallowing or getting household cleaning products, like liquid laundry capsules, into their eyes.
Public Health England data shows that between the years 2016/2017 – 2018/2019 Salford recorded 105 emergency admissions for accidental poisoning in children aged 0-4, higher than the national average.