The week of March 13 is designated as Poison Prevention Week.
According to Poison Control “every eight minutes, someone needs a poison center” (2010, American Association of Poison Control Centers). Here are some tips from Poison Control on prevention:
- Keep medicines and household products in their original container and in a different place from food.
- Always read the label and follow any directions
- Keep household and products and medicines locked up. Put them where kids can’t see them or reach them.
- Buy products with child–resistant products, but remember that nothing is really child-proof.
- Never call medicine “candy”
- Learn about products and drugs that young people use to get high. Talk to your teens or pre-teens about theses dangers.
- Have a working carbon monoxide alarm in your home as well as smoke dictator . Make sure batteries are change every 3 months.
- Consider putting the poison control number (under ICEPC -In case of Emergency Poison Control 1-800-222-1222) on your cell phone as well as on your children’s cell phones. Hopefully, you already have an ICE number on all of your phones as well.
- Please remember your pet.
(2010,American Association of Poison Control Centers)
A variety of handouts are available here from the Maryland Poison Center:
Poison-Proofing your Home- Poison-Proofing Your Home flyer plain text
Poison Emergencies - Emergency Action for Poisoning flyer plain text
Poison Safety Checklist- Poison Safety Checklist flyer plain text
Poisonous Plants Information- Poisonous Plants flyer plain text
Contact Maryland Poison Center for free magnets, key cards, and other handouts to help with the prevention and treatment of poison emergencies in your home.