Laundry Detergent Pods Injuring Kids and Seniors

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The CPSC has issued a safety alert warning

Anyone who’s ever had a toddler in the house knows they are capable of getting into trouble even when you turn your head for a few seconds. No matter how much you try to childproof your home, if there’s a hazard around, chances are a child will find it.

In recent years, there have been reports of children consuming liquid detergent pods. Now, Consumer Reports says caretakers of individuals with dementia must also be careful to keep the pods away from seniors who suffer from degenerative brain disorders.

Liquid Laundry Detergent Pods Pose Hazards for Kids and the Cognitively Impaired

Launched by Procter & Gamble in 2012, laundry detergent pods are advertised as a way to make laundry easier. Instead of measuring out detergent or powder, you just toss in a plastic pod, close the lid, and press the button.

However, within the same year the pods launched, poison control centers received over 250 calls about children ingesting the pods. Because many of the pods contain colorful packaging that resembles candy, small children were drawn to the products. In November 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission stated that over 500 children had been injured by laundry pods. The CPSC issued a safety alert warning parents to store the pods in a place out of reach of children and to keep them in the original sealed packaging.

By 2014, an astonishing 17,000 children had been injured by laundry detergent pods.

Between 2012 and 2017, the CPSC reported that eight deaths have been linked to laundry detergent pods. While two of these deaths involved children, six involved adults with dementia. One woman died after eating two pods. The CPSC states: “Caregivers and children of seniors should be aware that ingestion of the contents of certain liquid laundry packets has led to serious and even tragic incidents. Water, wet hands, and even saliva can dissolve the packets and release the highly concentrated liquid.”  

Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Laundry Pod Safety

“Parents may not realize that it doesn’t take much laundry detergent at all to poison a child. And caregivers and loved ones of dementia patients may not know that adults can also be easily poisoned by the contents of a laundry pod packet. If you have a child or elderly loved one with dementia in the home, store your laundry pods in an area where they can’t access them. If you suspect a child or older loved one has ingested detergent, get help right away.”

Unfortunately, even everyday household items can pose serious health hazards. If you or a loved one has been injured by a product in the home, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering and other losses. Get in touch with our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers right away to determine the next steps in your case.

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