Reduce Your Child's Chances of Pesticide Poisoning

Keep these common household pesticides out of children’s reach:

  • bath and kitchen disinfectants and sanitizers, including bleach
  • products used to kill mold or mildew
  • roach sprays and baits
  • insect repellents
  • rat and other rodent poisons
  • weed killers
  • flea and tick shampoos, powders and dips for pets
  • swimming pool chemicals

Use these tips to help you poison-proof your home:


  • Lock up all pesticides and harmful products in a cabinet, out of a child’s reach.
  • Install safety latches on cabinets.
  • Crawl around on your hands and knees to see if you've missed any potential dangers from your child's viewpoint.

Pesticide labels

  • Read the label first.
  • Follow the directions as they are written on the label before using a product.

Pesticide containers

  • Use child-resistant packaging correctly by tightly sealing the container after every use.
  • Re-close a pesticide package if ever interrupted during application (e.g., phone call, doorbell, etc.).
  • Make sure the container is completely out of children's reach while you're absent.
  • Keep pesticides in their original containers.
  • Never put poisonous products in containers that could be mistaken for food or drinks.

Other tips

  • Alert all caregivers about the potential dangers of pesticides and share these tips with them.
  • Teach children that “pesticides are poisons” and not to be touched.
  • Pesticides you use to control fleas and ticks on your pets can be transfered to your children. Protect your pets and children by carefully following the label directions and precautions. 
  • Post the Poison Control Centers Exit national hotline phone number, 1(800)222-1222, near every telephone in your home and program it into your cell phone.

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