With last week being National Poison Prevention Week, Richmond FireRescue is reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of unintentional poisoning and offering tips on how to keep children safe.
Keep chemicals, medications, cleaning supplies and art supplies not meant for children, safely stored in a locked cabinet or box.
If a poisoning is ever suspected, immediately contact the local Poison Control Centre or dial 911.
"Unintentional poisoning is a common cause of preventable injury to children in Canada," said Richmond fire chief John McGowan.
Children under five are at the highest risk of preventable poisoning. Medication is the leading cause of poisoning in children, but household cleaners and personal care products are also common causes for poisoning.
Children should also be taught the symbols found on household products that indicate hazards.