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Keep medicines and vitamins out of the reach of young children, both at home and while staying in hotels or as guests in others’ homes.

When packing for a trip, keep medicines in their original child-resistant containers. Other containers, such as pill organizers and plastic bags, often lack child-safety features and can be easily accessed by young children.

While staying in a hotel, secure your medicines and vitamins in a location that your children cannot see or reach, such as a high cabinet or a passcode-protected hotel-room safe.

As a guest in another person’s home, do not be shy about asking your host where to put your medicines and vitamins so they are out of the sight and reach of children.

Remember to never leave medicine or vitamins out on a table or countertop where children could reach them, no matter where you are. Always make sure the caps are locked and put medicines away every time they are used.

Program the national Poison Help number, 1-800-222-1222, along with other emergency-contact numbers into your cell phone.

Source: UpandAway.org, in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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