Trading Standards Officers are urging parents in East Dunbartonshire to protect their young children from the dangers of gel laundry capsules.
There has been a rise in the number of children admitted to hospital, some ending up in intensive care, after biting into the brightly coloured capsules, also known as liqutabs.
In response to this, the Trading Standards Team has produced and distributed a poster to raise awareness of the dangers and advise parents to ensure that these products are securely stored out of sight and out of reach of children.
Officers have also been visiting GP surgeries, nurseries, libraries and local parent & toddler groups within East Dunbartonshire to highlight the issue.
Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “Parents of young children must be alerted to the dangers posed by cleaning materials and keep them out of reach.
“One way to prevent toddlers from getting into cupboards storing laundry capsules and cleaning products, is by using cupboard safety catches which are available from most supermarkets and baby supply stores.
“Free cupboard safety catches may be available via the Scotland Home Safety Equipment Scheme for parents in receipt of qualifying benefits with at least one child under the age of five.”
To find out more information about the Scotland Home Safety Equipment Scheme, contact the council on 0141 574 5772.