The American Association of Poison Control Centers is observing National Poison Prevention Week, March 17 – March 23. We think it’s a great idea to help spread the word on how to keep your children safe around medicines and chemicals. Here are some really important things you should know:
• Children younger than 6 account for about half of the calls placed to poison centers about poison exposures.
• Keep cleaning supplies and medicines locked up and away from children!
• When it comes to poison prevention, child-resistant is not child-proof. Layer the protection: re-seal and lock up, out of sight and reach.
• Tell children what medicine is and why you must be the one to give it to them. Never call medicine “candy” to get them to take it.
• Add the Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222) to all emergency contact lists and emergency kits, and make sure that babysitters and caregivers know where to find them.
• If the unthinkable happens, it’s good to know help is just a phone call away. Program your cell phone with the Poison Help number and post it near your home phone. 1-800-222-1222.
Want to learn more? Here’s a link to some great answers to frequently asked questions.