Keep Our Children Safe

Posted: December 12, 2013

Are you aware of the many signals in your own home?

Warning! Warning! Danger! Will Robinson! I know I am dating myself but I needed to get your attention. I guess I will pretend to be the robot from the TV series "Lost in Space" in order to introduce some very important signal words, words that could either save a life or prevent sickness.

We are bombarded with signals that are meant to help us in our daily lives. They help keep us safe. Red, green, yellow traffic lights, car turn signals, railroad crossing signals, warning sirens, I think you know what I mean.

Are you aware of the many signals in your own home? The kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, garage and cellars are filled with signals. Please take a few minutes and looks for words or phrases such as:

  • caution
  • warning
  • danger
  • danger poison
  • keep away from children

Look at laundry detergent, dish soap, insecticides, bleach, spray starch and window washer fluid to name just a few of many household products that have signals on them. Each signal word indicates the severity of the product to your health if swallowed or if there is contact with any part of the body.

These signals aren’t something to take for granted. These signals are placed there by law. It is like a prescription bottle that you receive from the pharmacy. There are warnings on the labels and instructions that come with the prescription.

Caution means that the item is slightly toxic, warning means moderately toxic and danger-poison means highly toxic or deadly. Danger on a label means that the contents can cause severe skin or eye irritation.




Contact Information

  • Clinton County Master Gardener Hotline Coordinator
Phone: 570-726-0022 x3826