Health Tip: Laundry Room is No Place for Kids' Play

Help keep little ones safe

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(HealthDay News) -- The laundry room isn't a place for kids to play, but kids will be kids.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says parents should:

  • Avoid using detergent pods, and keep all cleaning products out of a child's reach.
  • Install childproof locks on front-loading washers and dryers to prevent children from crawling inside.
  • Clean the dryer's lint trap after each use to help prevent fires. Make sure dryers are vented outdoors to help prevent moisture buildup.
  • Prevent tipping by forbidding children to hang on the doors of washers or dryers.
  • Teach kids that washers and dryers are not toys.


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