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The Leger Marketing survey on behalf of Safe Kids Canada found that 98% of parents of kids under 14 said it's important to lock up drugs and cleaning products.
Yet, half of them admitted to keeping their drugs in the medicine cabinet and their cleaning supplies under the sink - both easily accessible spots, Safe Kids Canada says.
"Young children are curious by nature and explore their environment by touching and putting things in their mouths," executive director Pamela Fuselli said. "So it's crucial to check your home for potential poisons and store them where children can't see them and lock them up so children can't get at them."
According to the group, about 1,700 children are hospitalized from poisoning each year, and seven die.
The most common causes of child poisoning are medication and cleaning products, followed by other common household items, including pest and garden control products, windshield washer fluid, nail polish remover and art supplies.
Leger Marketing surveyed 1,039 Canadian parents online between April 2-9, with a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.