National Poison Prevention Week
Poisons include anything from medication, cosmetics, cleaning products, inhalants and poisonous animals. For more than 50 years, National Poison Prevention Week has been observed during the third week in March, focusing on the danger of commonly used medicines and household hazardous chemicals.
Here are some ways to keep your family safe:
- Be prepared for an emergency. Keep the national, free Poison Helpline number at your fingertips by saving the number in your mobile phone: 1-800-222-1222
- Practice safe storage habits. Always store medicines and hazardous substances such as laundry pods up, away, and out of sight of children. Keep these substances in their original, child resistant containers.
- Read and follow all labels and directions. Review medicine and product labels before you use them, especially before giving medicine to children.
- Detect invisible threats. Have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home
- Always use and re-seal child safety caps, including on liquid nicotine.
- Never call medicine "candy."
- Don't take medicines in front of children, they tend to imitate adults.
If you suspect someone has ingested something poisonous, call the Poison Help Hotline at 800-222-1222. It is available 24-7, treats cases like a medical record and there's no limit to the number of times a person can call.