A champion of child safety
In the 1960s, Dr. Henri J. Breault conceived an idea that would solve a global epidemic of accidental child poisonings and save countless lives of children worldwide. Early in his career, Dr. Breault faced daily cases of children poisoned by medicines or other "hazardous products" found in the home, especially the aspirin bottles which could be easily opened. It seemed nothing was being done about the worsening situation. After an aggressive public education failed to lower the incidence, Dr. Breault focused instead on prevention and protection by facilitating the development of the first child-proof container. Thanks to his dedicated efforts, child-resistant containers for medicines would eventually become mandated by the government, saving many children from accidental poisoning.