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CHP Canada Reminds Canadians of the Risks of Accidental Ingestion during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The current COVID-19 pandemic means that Canadian families, especially children, are spending a lot more time at home. Keeping our homes safe and clean has never been more important. As a result, many of us are buying, using and storing more cleaning products, over-the-counter medicines and hand sanitizers than we would normally.  

With this in mind, Consumer Health Products Canada (CHP Canada) reminds Canadians of a few useful principles about using, storing, and disposing of these products:

  1. Keep all medicines, cleaning supplies and sanitation products out of the reach and sight of children and monitor your supply.
  2. Talk to your older kids about the safe use of products like hand sanitizers, while helping and supervising younger children when they use these products.
  3. Always follow the directions. Be suspicious of advice that any product can be used in a way that is not on the label. Consult a health professional if you are not sure. 
  4. Check the expiry dates of your medicines and make sure you appropriately dispose of all expired products. If pharmacists in your area are not currently taking back expired medications, safely store these products out of reach and sight of children and remember to return them when possible.

Being aware of our health and the safety of our home while social distancing directives are in effect is not only the right thing to do, but it is also effective self-care that can help keep everyone safe during and beyond the current pandemic.

With respect to how they can reduce the overall risks of the COVID-19 pandemic, we remind all Canadians to rely on the recommendations of their local public health officials or the Public Health Agency of Canada.