Laundry capsules are certainly convenient when it comes time to wash, but they're not toys. There's no real way to teach kids this, so keep them well out of the way of the youngsters.
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That's the focus of an ACCC release that notes that since 2011, more than 280 incidents involving laundry capsules and kids have happened in Australia, with injuries that range from "severe irritation or chemical burns to the skin, eyes or gastro intestinal tract, eye damage, severe distress, coughing and vomiting, internal bleeding, respiratory difficulty, lethargy or drowsiness."
No parent wants that kind of thing. None. So the wise thing to do, and remember, is to keep them out of the range of any of your kids, because only a small amount of either pressure or moisture can cause laundry capsules to burst, and their concentrated nature makes them remarkably toxic.
The ACCC has prepared a simple safety and emergency list as follows:
Safe storage • Store these products up high, out of reach and out of sight of children. • If stored in lower accessible cabinets/cupboards, these should be secured with child resistant locks. • Keep the capsules/packets in their original container, fully closed between uses. Safe use • Carefully read the labels on the packaging. • Do not use the capsules/packets while children are close by and do not allow or invite children to manipulate them. • Never pierce or break laundry capsules/packets. • Do not leave the capsules/packets outside their container. • Close the container lid properly after every use. What to do in case of exposure • If the capsule/packet is put in the mouth, rinse the child's mouth and face thoroughly. • Do not induce vomiting. • If a child has capsule liquid close to eyes or on hands, rinse carefully with plenty of water. • Call a doctor or a Poison Control Centre or go to the medical emergency department.