National Poison Prevention Week, the 3rd week in March each year, is a week nationally designated to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them.
The Dangers of Poison
It’s estimated that more than four million people are poisoned in the United States each year. No one is immune from poisoning, yet children under the age of six account for about 60 percent of all poisonings. Since most poisonings are accidental, taking precautions to prevent them is very important. Any substance that can cause harmful effects if used in the wrong way can be a poison. Poisons can be absorbed into the body when swallowed, inhaled, spilled or splashed on the skin or in the eyes, or injected under the skin. To prevent poisonings at home, store all medicines and household products in their original containers, use child resistant packages and keep medicines and other potentially harmful products out of sight and reach of children.
Being prepared can mean the difference between life and death. Keep the poison center emergency phone number on or near your telephone with other emergency numbers. Have ipecac syrup on hand, but do not use it unless the poison center tells you to.
We are committed to helping you and your family stay safe. To learn more about protecting your family from the dangers of poison, print out our Poison Safety Booklet. It contains valuable information on how to prevent accidental poisonings, and what to do if an emergency occurs.
YOUR POISON CONTROL CENTER
Poison control centers provide emergency telephone services. Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists who are experts in the treatment of all kinds of poison emergencies staff them.
CALL THE POISON CENTER IMMEDIATELY AFTER A POISONING!
You can find the poison control center in your area by:
- Checking the emergency numbers listed in the front of your phone book
- Calling the American Association of Poison Control Centers at 1-800-222-1222
- Visiting their website at www.aapcc.org