Disaster waiting to happen:
Your mother is coming to visit. Unbeknownst to you, she recently asked her pharmacist not to use child-safety caps on her pill bottles, since her arthritis makes them harder for her to open.
Playing it safe:
Never assume that a container has a safety cap, says Dr. Laraque -- ask the owner or check it yourself. And since no lid is foolproof, store medications, vitamins, cleansers, and other household chemicals in a high, locked cabinet.
Other tips to prevent poisoning:
Many houseplants pose a poisoning hazard too. Place them out of your baby's reach, and remove any fallen leaves. Keep the phone number of poison control handy, along with a bottle of ipecac to induce vomiting -- but use it only as instructed by your doctor or poison control.