During the third full week of March we will be celebrating Poison Prevention Week! This time of year is a great reminder to become better informed about how to keep yourself and others safe from unintentional poisonings.
- In children ages six and younger, the most common exposure is to medicines, plants, pesticides and cleaning products.
- Child-resistant packages are not childproof. Most two-year olds can open a child-resistant container in 4 to 5 minutes or less.
- Calling 1-800-222-1222 from anywhere in the United States will connect you to a local poison center.
- Keep all poisons locked up and out of reach of children.
- Never refer to medicine (prescription, vitamins or otherwise) as candy as children may mistake tiny pills for yummy candy.
- Get household furnaces checked yearly and make sure working carbon monoxide detectors are in the house and checked multiple times a year. This is especially important for the winter months.