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Detergent Pods and Packets Safety Awareness

laundry blues DVDYou know those pre-measured laundry and dishwasher detergents that are packaged in small pods or packets? They are convenient – but dangerous. I met Nancy Bock, Senior Vice President, of the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) at the national FCCLA conference. She clued me into the danger and passed onto some safety tips that I want to pass onto you. Hopefully you can pass them onto your FACS classes and others.

In 2012, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reported that there were over 6,000 unintended exposures to the pods to children 5 and under. Children stuck the pods in their mouths and ingested the detergent or had eye contact with the pods. Thankfully, no deaths were reported.

In response to this concern of the detergent’s exposure, ACI developed a consumer safety campaign to help prevent the risk of serious injury and accidental poisoning. Their hope is to provide education for the consumer to appropriately use, store and handle the pod products.

According to the ACI website:

It is vital for parents and caregivers to keep single-load liquid laundry packets away from children to help prevent the risk of serious injury from ingestion or exposure to eyes. Education and awareness can help prevent these injuries, especially when it comes to properly using the packets and securing them safely and securely. Keep the following safety reminders top of mind:

• Do not let children handle laundry packets

• Do not puncture or pull packets apart

• Store out of child's sight and reach

• Keep the packet’s package closed and in a dry place

• Packets quickly dissolve upon contact with water, wet hands, or saliva so it is necessary to keep them dry

The ACI would like to invite FACS educators to be support their campaign by sharing this important information with your students and to their families. The ACI has also developed a KEY Pledge digital toolkit that has downloadable information for your use. To view the tool kit go to:

The website is easy to navigate and has a number of downloadable resource in English and some in Spanish. Thanks Nancy for bringing this important information to my attention.

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