How to keep your kids safe during Indiana's quarantine

James Millward, DMSc, PA-C, gives parents tips on how to keep their families safe during quarantine.

Posted: Mar 25, 2020 11:39 PM
Updated: Mar 26, 2020 2:40 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Just last week, the number of positive COVID-19 cases was 56, on Thursday it rose to 477.

James Millward, DMSc, PA-C, of Indiana University Health says it’s crucial for parents to protect their families with good hygiene practices.


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Millward says, “As we’re cleaning our homes, making sure we’re storing these products in safe places that are out of sight and out of reach from toddler’s exploring little hands.”

Fort Wayne parents know that it can be tricky storing chemicals with little ones in the home.

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Millward says, “We have to be thinking about where these things are located and especially for young children, that may not immediately understand what these products are. It’s keeping them up high and out of reach is very important.

In times like these, safety goes far beyond just storing cleaning supplies properly.

It’s also important to teach your children how to use them as well.

Millward also says, “Consistently teaching hand hygiene to the children if you’re using hand sanitizers allows those to dry properly before the child touches their face or eyes. I think those are the key things to remember when we’re talking to our children.”

Millward encourages all parents and caregivers to listen to the Vital Minds podcast for information on how you can become experts in safety as well. The American Cleaning Institute is working with the Physician Assistant Foundation to help lead the nationwide effort to educate parents and caregivers to reduce potential poison exposures with the Packets Up! campaign. For more information visit,

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