Washing capsules warning
Published: 22 Oct 2013 15:300 comments
A recent survey by the UK’s National Poisons Information Service revealed there had been 1486 cases involving the capsules between May 2009 and July 2012 and most of them featured children under five.
The youngsters who have been hospitalised as a result of biting into the colourful liquitabs have had varying injuries, including severe breathing difficulties, requiring a ventilator, and burned airways.
Manufacturers have now agreed to change the packaging for these products and make warnings more prominent.
In the meantime parents, carers and anyone who has kids in their home are being reminded how dangerous these items can be and advised to store them securely out of the reach of children.
Councillor Donald Balsillie, enterprise and environment convenor, said, “I know parents are well aware of the dangers of leaving a small child unattended in the home and especially in the kitchen.
“I would encourage parents to take on board the advice of Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils’ Trading Standards Service and ensure chemicals, including liquitabs, are kept securely out of reach of children.”