Safety caps on our medicine bottles are child resistant, not child proof.
That fact was hammered home multiple times in an interview I recently had with Lori Dixon, the president of Great Lakes Marketing in Toledo. She is also, this year, chairing the national Poison Prevention Week campaign. And I might also mention, in the interest of full disclosure, she is my sister.
Her firm has been testing safety caps for years. The goal is to deter.
Child resistant means the safety cap has been tested with 80 percent of the children tested between the ages of 3 1/2 and 4 1/4 years of age could not open it in ten minutes, she told me. “It’s designed to give parents ten minutes to find your child, take away whatever your child has, and put it where the child cannot get it.”
But, for that safety cap to be child resistant, she reminds us it must be used correctly to engage the safety feature. So that brings us to the slogan this year for Poison Prevention Week: Close it! Snap it! Zip it!