PAR­ENTS URGED TO CHECK GAR­DEN FOR HID­DEN HAZ­ARDS

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE DID YOU -

THE good weather is a great chance to get chil­dren off the sofa and into the gar­den.

But be­ware of the var­i­ous haz­ards which can leave them at risk, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Poi­sons Cen­tre in Beau­mont Hospi­tal.

It says to try to get to know the dif­fer­ent haz­ards in your gar­den, garage and gar­den shed: • Keep toxic sub­stances like her­bi­cides, in­sec­ti­cides, drain clean­ers, mo­tor prod­ucts, BBQ lighter fu­els safely stored out of reach and out of sight. • Do not mix gar­den chem­i­cals or pour them into dif­fer­ent bot­tles. Never re­move the la­bels. • Teach your chil­dren that some plants may not be safe to touch or eat. • Check fences and gates to en­sure they are se­cure. • Walls can present a hazard and older walls can crum­ble away and col­lapse on top of young chil­dren.

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