22 Mar National Poison Prevention Week
By Carli Mosby- Smith
This week is National Poison Prevention Week: a week dedicated to raising awareness of poison prevention nationwide. This week provides an opportunity to increase community involvement and awareness regarding the dangers of potentially poisonous substances as well as highlighting poison prevention for people of all ages.
Did you know: More than 90% of poisonings happen in the home. Be aware of and help prevent these common poisons for children and families:
- Medications – Dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs. Follow FDA guidelines on proper disposal of medications.
- Household Products – Store all household products up and away and out of sight in a cabinet where a child cannot reach them.
- Carbon Monoxide – To prevent carbon monoxide exposure, install a battery-operated CO detector in your home. Check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each Spring and Fall. If the detector sounds, leave your home immediately and call 911.
- Plants – identify poisonous plants in your house and yard and place them out of reach of children.
- Button Batteries – Be especially mindful of the 20 mm lithium coin-shaped button batteries. When swallowed by children, especially those younger than 4 years, it often lodges in the esophagus causing burns within just 2 hours.
If you suspect a poisoning has occurred:
- Remain calm.
- Call 911 if you have a poison emergency and the victim has collapsed or is not breathing. If the victim is awake and alert, call 1-800-222-1222 and try to have the following information ready:
- The victim’s age and weight
- The container or bottle of the poison if available
- The time of the poison exposure
- The address where the poisoning occurred
- Stay on the phone and follow the instructions from the emergency operator or the poison control center. This National Poison Prevention Week, prepare, prevent, and protect against poisonings. Add 1-800- 222-1222 to your phone and follow poison safety tips.
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