Are 'child-proof' containers really safe?

Are 'child-proof' containers really safe?

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by Cassidy Quinn, KGW Staff

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Posted on June 2, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 6 at 10:33 AM

PORTLAND -- If you’re a parent, you probably try hard to make your home safe for your kids. But are “child-proof” bottle caps really child-proof?

A fifth grader’s science project shows these bottles may not be as safe as you think.

Malia Sloan is a fifth grader in West Virginia. For her science project, she started with five different child-proof containers: prescription pills, aspirin, drain cleaner, bathroom cleaner, and cough syrup. She then gave the containers to kindergartners, and gave the kids each one minute to open each one. And most of them succeeded.

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Her mother, Heather Lane, was shocked at the results. “Some of them opened them so quick it took my breath away.”

“These need to be kept higher because if you just put them down low, they can get into the drawers.” Said Malia. “You might as well put them in their bedroom."

Malia hopes to continue her project for the sixth grade science fair.

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