Why "child-resistant" doesn't mean "childproof": Understanding the limitations of CR Packaging

Why "child-resistant" doesn't mean "childproof": Understanding the limitations of CR Packaging

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Child-resistant packaging (CR packaging) is an essential safety feature that helps to prevent accidental ingestion of harmful substances by children. While it is an effective means of reducing the risk, it is important to understand that child-resistant does not mean childproof.

CR packaging is designed to be difficult for children to open, but it is not impossible. Children are naturally curious and persistent, and they may eventually find a way to open CR packaging if given enough time and opportunity. Even the best-designed CR packaging can be defeated by a determined child.

It is also important to note that CR packaging is not foolproof, and it should not be considered a substitute for proper storage and supervision of hazardous materials. Even with CR packaging, it is still important to keep dangerous substances out of reach and sight of children.

It is essential that parents and caregivers understand that CR packaging is not a substitute for vigilance and caution when it comes to protecting children from harm. They should never rely solely on CR packaging to keep children safe from dangerous substances. Instead, they should store hazardous materials in a secure location, out of reach and sight of children, and always supervise them when handling potentially dangerous items.

Pills credit The Javorac CC BY SA 2 0
Pills - A knocked over bottle © The Javorac CC BY 2.0

While CR packaging is an important safety feature, it is not a guarantee of protection. Parents and caregivers should remain vigilant and proactive in keeping children safe from harm. By taking a proactive approach to child safety, we can reduce the risk of accidental ingestion of harmful substances and help protect our children's health and well-being.

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