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National Poison Prevention Week is designated as the third week in March every year to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them.
Accidental poisonings are a leading public health problem.
When spring is approaching, there are numerous things to keep in mind to help prevent accidental poisonings. Simple tips can keep your family safe as you begin spring cleaning and working in your yard.
It’s important to remember that almost anything has the potential to be poisonous if used in the wrong way, in the wrong amount, or by the wrong person.
Poison centers are your first resource for advice and help in the event of an actual or suspected poisoning.
The toll-free Poison Help line will connect callers to their local poison center.
Help is a phone call away, and knowing what to do when a poisoning exposure occurs can be the difference between a close call and a fatality.
The phone number 1-800-222-1222.
Post it somewhere in your home where others will see it and program it in your home and mobile phones.
The toll-free Poison Help number works anywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year.
When accidents happen with pesticides, chemicals, medicine or household products, call Poison Help and get help right away from a local poison expert.
National Poison Prevention Week is a great way to raise awareness about ways to prevent unintentional poisonings. It is the perfect opportunity to inspect your home for medicines or household products such as detergents, cleaning products, pesticides and fertilizers that may not be stored properly.
Take steps to correct the situation immediately by contacting your local hazardous household waste and drug drop-off programs.
− By Ellen Skalski, RN, BS, of the Drug and Poison Information Center, Cincinnati Children’s
You can help to spread the word about prevention of poisonings.
• Poison Prevention.Org | Promote Safety from Unintentional Poisonings in Your Home and Community
• American Association of Poison Control Centers
• U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
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