When to Discuss Poison Prevention
The topic of poison prevention can be brought up at any time: during family dinners, while driving your children to soccer practice, in conversation with older adults about their medications, at parent-teacher meetings, or at community events.
Make sure all medicines, cleaning products, chemicals, and potential harmful cosmetics, such as nail varnish, are locked away, out of sight and out of reach of children.
Do not store medicines, cleaning products or chemicals near food items to avoid accidental ingestion.
Button batteries, found in watches and musical greeting cards can be easily swallowed.
Keep these batteries and the devices that use them out of children’s reach.
Never administer or take medicine in the dark to avoid incorrect dosages.
Keeping cigarettes and tobacco, and vaping equipment out of children’s reach. Also, avoid smoking or vaping in front of children.
Always store chemicals in their original containers. Never place medicines or chemicals,
Like weed killer in soft drink bottles.
Single use detergent pods or liquid laundry detergents are easily swallowed and dangerous. Keep them on a high shelf or in a similar location where young children cannot reach them.
Get a carbon monoxide alarm for each room of your home that contains appliances that burn gas, oil, coal, or wood.
For Halloween, remind children that it’s important for an adult to check all treats before they eat them. During the winter season, discuss with your friends and family the importance of keeping mistletoe out of the reach of young children and pets.
During National Poison Prevention Week, the third full week of March each year, consider partnering with your local poison center to educate your community about the risks of poisoning and how to prevent them.
Make sure everyone knows what to do if a poisoning happens: Right away call the toll-free Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center.