Chances Are You're Ignoring This Common Household Danger

danger of laundry podsWhen it comes to protecting our kids, we'll go to great lengths to cover outlets, gate stairs, and keep kitchen cleaners well out of reach of little hands. But there may be one very common item you're overlooking on a daily basis, and doing so could have dire consequences.


Tide has released new ads aimed at increasing awareness and, in turn, safety, by shining a spotlight on some not-so-obvious hazards. See if you can spot the 11 dangers in this commercial.

If you picked out the laundry pods, good for you! Most people tend to think of their laundry room as that fresh-smelling place where little danger lurks. But Kate Carr, president of Safe Kids Worldwide, when speaking at Procter & Gamble headquarters in March, pointed out that more than 33,000 calls have been made to poison centers due to laundry packet–related incidents since 2012.

"That’s one call every hour," noted Carr, who added that children between the ages of 1 and 2 are most at risk. 

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Because the pods are often colorful, they may easily catch the eye of toddlers if stored on ground level, which is why Carr and Tide advise always keeping containers not only locked but also stored in a high spot where children can't reach them. Because they're highly concentrated and begin to dissolve as soon as they come in contact with saliva, it only takes seconds for a tragedy to occur, as this ad illustrates.

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Carr notes that 20 percent of US households use laundry pods. Another important point for parents to consider is reminding and alerting caregivers and grandparents to the potential danger of the pods if they're not properly stored. 

Even the most earnest childproofer can get distracted and leave something where it doesn't belong, but as these commercials remind us, it only takes a moment for an accident to happen. If you use laundry pods, keep them locked and out of sight and reach of children at all times. Anything less is too great a risk.

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