Reduce Your Child's Chances
   of Pesticide Poisoning


You  turn  your

DGQQ and your toddler is
inserting a sandwich half into the
DVD player. Mostly, we're lucky;
our momentary slipups as parents
aren't too harmful. However, some
close calls can be scary—like
catching your three-year-old
holding a can of bug spray.

Most people aren't aware that
household pesticides, the products
we use in and around our homes
to kill ants, germs, cockroaches,
flies, mice, rats, and termites, can
harm a child's health if stored or
used improperly.
Each year thousands of children
under the age of six are poisoned
by common household pesticide
products. Many parents still store
pesticide products within the reach
of children. One of the simplest
ways of preventing pesticide
poisoning is to store household
products out of a  child's reach.
Accidents are bound to
happen in life, but we can't
depend solely on  good
fortune to protect  our kids
from harm's way.  Play it safe.
With some simple prevention
steps, you can assure a safe
and healthy home for your
family despite life's unpredictable


How do children  come  in

contact with pesticides?

Children can come into contact with pesticides stored or applied in
their homes, yards, day-cares, schools, parks, or on pets.

Children often touch things (that may contain a pesticide) and put
their hands in their mouths. They also crawl and play on floors,
grass, or in spaces that might contain pesticides. These activities
may put them at higher risks for poisoning. Contact with pesticides
may cause serious harm to a child's health.

How do you know if
your child has been
The signs of pesticide poisoning may look like the flu. If your child
shows any of the following signs after coming in contact with a
pesticide, call your poison control center right away.

• Headaches,
• Dizziness,
• Muscle twitching,
• Weakness, and
• Tingling.

• Read the label first.
  Follow the directions
  as they are written
  on the label before
  using a product.
                            How can I  make  sure  that my  child
                                     Use these tips to help you poison-proof your
Use child-resistant
packaging correctly
by tightly sealing
the container offer
• Crawl around
 on your hands
 and knees to
 see if you've
 missed any
 dangers from
 your child's
                                               Install safety
                                               latches on
• 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.

doesn't  get poisoned?
                • Keep
                in their
                Never put
            poisonous products
             in containers that
             could be mistaken
             for juice or food.
• Alert all
 about the
 dangers of
 pesticides and
 share these
 tips with them
Teach children
that "pesticides
are poisons" and
not to be touched
                                         Post the
                                  Poison Control Centers'
                                      national hotline
                                      phone number,
                                  near every telephone in
                                        your home.
                                       • Lock up all pesticides
                                        and harmful products
                                        in a cabinet, out of a
                                        child's reach.

United States
Environmental Protection
Agency (7506 P)
Washington, DC 20460

Official Business
Penalty for Private Use S300

EPA 735-K-07-003

July 2007