National Poison Prevention Week
This week is National Poison Prevention Week, sponsored by the National Poisoning Prevention Council. According to the Health Resources & Services Administration, "National Poison Prevention Week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide during the third full week of March every year. The week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people of all ages and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention.
In 1961, Congress established National Poison Prevention Week to raise awareness, reduce unintentional poisonings, and promote poison prevention. It is sponsored by the National Poison Prevention Week Council. Each year, the Council holds a children's artwork contest to raise awareness about poisons. Additionally, poison centers across the country conduct activities to raise awareness of the dangers of poisoning."
The American Association of Poison Control Centers suggests the following tips to help prevent poisonings:
Be prepared for an emergency. Keep the national, free Poison Helpline number at your fingertips by saving the number in your mobile phone: 1-800-222-1222. Text POISON to 797979 to save the number in your smartphone.
Practice safe storage habits. Always store medicines and hazardous substances up, away, and out of sight of children. Keep these substances in their original, child resistant containers.
Read and follow all labels and directions. Review medicine and product labels before you use them, especially before giving medicine to children.
Detect invisible threats. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home.