National Poison Prevention Week: March 16 – 22, 2014
Do you know what poisonous substances are lurking in your home? Are household cleaners and prescription drugs out of reach of children? Poisoning is now the leading cause of death from injuries in the United States, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.1 This recent report noted that the number of poisoning deaths in 2008 exceeded the number of motor vehicle traffic deaths for the first time since as far back as at least 1980. It also showed that the number of poisoning deaths is rising significantly every year.
Take some time during National Poison Prevention Week, March 16-22, 2014, to assess your home and protect your family against accidental poisoning. Below are some tips to help you and your loved ones stay healthy.
Poison Prevention Tips
* Program the toll-free Poison Help number, 1-800-222-1222, into your phone and make sure your children’s grandparents, caregivers, and childcare providers have it handy.
* Always store pesticides and other household chemicals and products in their original containers and with their original labels. Never store them in bottles, cups, or other containers that can be mistaken for a drink.
* Store all household medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight of young children, and put them back after each and every use!
* Close all household cleaning and laundry product containers immediately after use and store them out of children’s reach.
* Read the label and follow the instructions on over-the-counter medications every time you take them or give them to a child. Call the Poison Help number if you have any questions about medications.
* Install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors near or in your home’s sleeping areas and on every level of your home.
* Never ignore a beeping CO alarm. Go outside and call 911 from there.
* If you use portable generators, keep them outside the house and garage, never inside.
As soon as you think someone may have been poisoned, call the toll-free Poison Help number at 1‑800-222-1222 (TTY: 1‑888-244-5313) right away. Do not wait for the person to look or feel sick. Do not try to treat the person yourself. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911 for an ambulance.
A poison is any substance that can harm someone if it is used in the wrong way, by the wrong person or in the wrong amount. For more tips on Poison Prevention and other Home Safety tips visit HUD.gov/healthyhomes