Palmetto Poison Center observes National Poison Prevention Week

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Each year more than 2 million calls are received at Poison Centers nationwide. It is alarming that unintentional poisoning is the second leading cause of injury related deaths in the country, with motor vehicle traffic related deaths being number one. The Palmetto Poison Center received over 31,000 calls in 2013 from all counties in South Carolina. Close to half of the calls were for exposures in children under the age of six. The Palmetto Poison Center invites the public to join them in observing National Poison Prevention Week, which began on March 16, and bring attention to this national problem.

Parents and caregivers can prevent unintentional poisonings by using child resistant packaging and keeping medicines and household products locked up and out of childrenís reach. Often new parents and caregivers, who arenít accustomed to having small children in the home, are unaware of the dangers presented by everyday household products. Parents and caregivers should follow these basic poison prevention tips to reduce the risk of unintentional poisonings:

Keep all household products and medicines locked up, and out of sight and reach

Use child resistant packaging properly by closing the container securely after use

When any product is in use, keep it in your sight. (Walking away from it only briefly can lead to an exposure)

Keep all items in their original containers

Read the label before using any product or medicine

Avoid taking medicine in front of children, they love to imitate adults

Call 1-800-222-1222 for free confidential information 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Palmetto Poison Center invites you to browse their website http://poison.sc.edu and order free information for your home. Plan ahead and be safe.

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