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March 16th, 2008 at 12:04 am

National Poison Prevention Week March 16-22, 2008

in: General

The goal of National Poison Prevention Week is to help reduce the annual toll of about 30 deaths to children under 5 years old. The nation’s poison control centers receive more than one million calls each year about unintentional poisonings of children under 5 years of age from medicines and household chemicals.

Experts emphasize three ways to reduce deaths and injuries from poisonings: (1) Keep medicines and household chemicals locked up, out of reach, and out of sight of young children at all times; (2) Use child-resistant packaging because it saves lives; and (3) Call (800) 222-1222 to get immediate treatment advice for poison emergencies.

Here are the basic poison prevention tips that every person should check during National Poison Prevention Week:

  1. Keep all chemicals and medicines locked up and out of sight.
  2. Use child-resistant packaging properly by closing the container securely after each use or choosing child-resistant blister cards, which do not need to be re-secured.
  3. Call (800) 222-1222 immediately in case of poisoning. Keep on hand a bottle of ipecac syrup but use it only if the poison center instructs you to induce vomiting.
  4. When products are in use, never let young children out of your sight, even if you must take them along when answering the phone or doorbell. (Easier said than done.)
  5. Keep items in original containers.
  6. Leave the original labels on all products, and read the label before using.
  7. Do not put decorative lamps and candles that contain lamp oil where children can reach them. Lamp oil can be very toxic if ingested by young children.
  8. Always leave the light on when giving or taking medicine. Check the dosage every time.
  9. Avoid taking medicine in front of children. Refer to medicine as “medicine,” not “candy.”
  10. Clean out the medicine cabinet periodically and safely dispose of unneeded and outdated medicines.

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