Poison Awareness

How safe is your child in the home?

According to the United States Poison Control Center, a child is poisoned every 30 seconds. Moreover, nearly 50% of all poisonings occur within the home in children under the age of five years. The previous statistics reiterate the importance of teaching poison awareness. Please take a few minutes to read this article and incorporate the preventative tips into your household.

Where do poisonings occur?

The danger of poisoning can be found in nearly every room of the home. This is illustrated by a brief description of common household items that can contribute to poisoning. These items include: medicine, vitamins, pesticide, alcohol, detergent, household cleaner, mouthwash, perfume, nail polish, paint, gasoline, drain cleaner, pool supplies, and much more. As you can see, the potential danger of poisoning is alarming.

Prevention is the primary key to reducing the likelihood of accidental poisoning in children. This is accomplished, in part, by properly storing dangerous items out of a child’s reach.

What should you do?

  • Never refer to medicine as candy
  • Keep all medicine securely locked or out of a child’s reach
  • Dispose of “old” medicines by flushing down the toilet
  • Remove poisonous plants from the house and yard (e.g. Oleander)
  • Store all chemicals in the original (labeled) container
  • Store all chemicals in a locked cabinet or out of a child’s reach
  • Carefully read the warning label on all products
  • Chocolate is potentially poisonous to dogs if consumed

What you should NOT do:

  • Never refer to medicine as “candy”
  • Do not forget that children can and will climb
  • Do not leave dangerous items within a child’s reach
  • Do not use expired medication
  • Do not underestimate the curiosity of a child

As stated earlier, prevention is the primary means in reducing accidental childhood poisonings. Please dial 911 to report all emergencies. For specific information on poisonous products, please call the Arizona Poison Control Center at 1-800-362-0101.

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