Practice Poison Prevention And Live Longer

Accidental poisoning kills and damages people year round. According to the American Red Cross, the third week of March is National Poison Prevention Week.

By following these guidelines, you will be able to prevent most poisoning emergencies:

  • Keep all medications and household products well out of reach of children. Special latches and clamps are available to keep children from opening cabinets.
  • Use childproof safety caps on containers of medication, vitamins, and other potentially dangerous products.
  • Never call medicine or vitamins "candy" to get a child to take it, even if it has a sweet, pleasant flavor.
  • Keep products in their original containers, with labels in place.
  • Use poison symbols to identify dangerous substances, and teach children what the symbols mean.
  • Dispose of outdated medications and household products properly and in a timely manner.
  • Use potentially dangerous chemicals only in well ventilated areas.
  • Wear proper clothing when recreation or work may put you in contact with a poisonous substance.

If you suspect a poisoning emergency, immediately contact your Poison Control Center, call 911, or the local emergency number.

The American Red Cross Child Care Course can help child care providers and others keep children safe from poisons and other hazards. We recommend that interested parties contact their local American Red Cross office for information.

Last Editorial Review: 12/31/1997

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