Scientists warn about danger of spray cleaners

August 3, 2010 4:24:41 AM PDT
Researchers have issued a warning about household cleaning products: spray cleaners still pose a risk to toddlers.Childhood injuries from household cleaning products have dropped significantly, primarily due to child-resistant packaging. But every year, about 12,000 children under the age of 6 are treated in emergency rooms for these types of accidental poisonings.

Researchers contend children are attracted to spray bottles because of their labels and colorful liquids. They generally are not child-proof.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests parents store cleaning supplies in locked cabinets where children won't find them.

The findings were published online Monday and will also appear in the September issue of "Pediatrics."