Safe keeping

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 :: Made in the New North
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

SINGLE-USE DISHWASHER AND LAUNDRY DETERGENT packets deliver undeniable convenience. Unfortunately, the ease they offer also carries some risk.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently reported that between 2013 and 2014, more than 62,000 children had ingested laundry and dishwasher detergent packets. The exposure, in the most extreme cases, resulted in hospitalizations and even two deaths.

Surveying the problem, Appleton-based Presto Products Co., devised a solution that helps brands take steps to keep kids safe. Presto’s Child-Guard technology provides an extra layer of protection.

Child-Guard has established a presence in the laundry aisle on popular products like Tide, Gain, Arm & Hammer, OxiClean and Hex branded products.

When the packaging is closed properly, it’s easy for adults to open but extremely difficult for young children. The company recently launched a website,, that teaches consumers how to use the product and provides household safety resources.

“The response to Child-Guard has been strong, and the future looks bright,” says Brad Hansen, president of Presto Products Specialty Division. “Child-Guard takes us into a new era of performance criteria for flexible packaging. It has opened the door for many possibilities for manufacturers of regulated and non-regulated products.”