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CDC and CHPA Educational Foundation Launch Up and Away and Out of Sight
Date:12/13/2011

s to remind relatives, houseguests, babysitters, and other visitors to keep purses, bags, and coats that may have medicines or vitamins in them up and away and out of sight of children.

Safety tips for parents and caregivers include:

  • Never leave medicine or vitamins out on a kitchen counter or at a sick child's bedside, even if you have to give another dose in a few hours.
  • Always relock the safety cap on a medicine bottle. If it has a locking cap that turns, twist it until you hear the click.
  • Explain to children what medicine is and why you must be the one to give it to them.
  • Never tell children that medication or vitamins are candy, even if your child does not like to take his or her medicine.
  • Program the poison control center number – 1-800-222-1222 – into home and cell phones so that the number is easily available in case of an emergency.

"Young children are curious and they can quickly get into medicines or vitamins when parents and caregivers aren't looking. Through our involvement with Up and Away and Out of Sight, the CHPA Educational Foundation is committed to working with the CDC and other stakeholders to keep children safe by helping parents and caregivers understand the steps needed to make sure medicines are safely stored in the home," said Emily Skor, vice president of Communications & Alliance Development at CHPA. "Parents work hard to protect their children, and this program reminds them to keep medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight of children."

Up and Away and Out of Sight is supported by members of the PROTECT Initiative, which include: CDC, government agencies, non-profit organizations, professional organizations, industry partners, and academic representatives. The program includes a website, multimedia content and downloadable materials for parents and
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