National Poison Prevention Week is March 16-22

March 15, 2014

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. March 15, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue reminds everyone that National Poison Prevention Week is March 16-22.

More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year. The majority of nonfatal poisonings occur in children under age 6, with most poisonings happening in the home.

Poisonings are the leading cause of accidental death in Washington, surpassing car crashes and falls. Children, teens, adults, seniors and pets are all at risk.

Signed into law in 1961 by President Kennedy, the goal of Poison Prevention Week is to reduce illness, injury and death due to poisoning, build safer communities and to reduce unnecessary healthcare costs.

To help prevent poisonings:

  • Use child-resistant containers.
  • Keep all poisons out of reach and in original labeled packages.
  • Re-read the label each time before you take or give any medicine — be sure you have good lighting and glasses if you need them.
  • Cook and store food as stated on packages.
  • When children are near, take the container or the child with you to answer the door or phone.
  • Remove mushrooms growing in your yard.
  • Be aware of high poisoning times: before meals and during times of change, such as a move, packing for a trip, visitors, illness or when family problems occur.
  • Teach children about Mr. Yuk and put the stickers on poisons.

The Washington Poison Center urges all Washington citizens to use the week as a reminder to be cautious with poisons. Learn more here or call 1-800-222-1222 toll free.

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