March 15th through the 21st is National Poison Prevention Week. The National Poison Prevention Council has taken the time to plan a variety of events throughout the week. These events are designed to educate the public on how to handle a case of accidental poisoning and provide tips on a variety of ways to prevent poisoning. There are many simple steps that can be taken to prevent accidental poisoning. Some of the easiest are to avoid mixing household cleaning products, keep dangerous items somewhere not easily accessible, label potentially harmful items, and to educate family and friends about the dangers of poisonous products. Programing the Poison Help Line (1-800-222-1222) into your phone, or keeping the number around the house can also be very helpful. In the event that you or someone you know comes into contact with a poisonous product immediately contact the Poison Help Line (1-800-222-1222) or call 911 and be prepared to share what the product was, how the person came into contact with the product (Ex. skin contact, ingestion, inhalation, etc.), how long ago contact took place, and your exact location. To learn more about poison prevention and to access a list of Poison Prevention Week events visit poisonprevention.org.
National Poison Prevention Week