The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is advising parents and caregivers to lock up single-load liquid laundry packets and keep them away from children.
Liquid laundry packets are attractive to children because they are soft and colorful and resemble familiar items like candy and teething products.
These items also dissolve quickly when placed in the mouth or are handled with wet hands. Children who are exposed to the chemicals are at risk of serious injury because they can be toxic.
In 2012, CPSC staff have learned of about 500 incidents involving children and adults who were injured by the packets.
CPSC recommends these steps to prevent unintentional poisonings and eye injuries:
- Do NOT let children handle laundry packets.
- Keep the liquid laundry packets sealed in their original packaging, and make sure they are locked up and out of a child's sight and reach.
- If swallowed or exposed to the eye, immediately call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222.