This week is Poison Control week and with the upcoming holiday and spring break I thought now is a good time to bring up the Poison Control information. Especially since if you have family visiting you or you are visiting a new place you really have to keep a good watch on your little ones because you never know what they will get into. Every parent needs to have the Poison Control phone number. If you are a parent, a babysitter, or even watch your nieces, nephews or grandchildren please program this number into your cell phone! That's right, I know most people do not have a home phone so please remember to keep important numbers programmed into your cell phone under "poison control". Also, if you are a parent it is still good to keep a list of numbers written down somewhere handy in case you have someone babysitting who perhaps does not have the phone numbers. So program this number into your phone and have it posted in your home as well.
Here are also some more tips for people on poisonous items and what to do if you suspect someone you know has been poisoned. Please spread the word! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and holiday. Happy Easter!
Poison Prevention Tips
- Store medicines and products in their original containers.
- Lock medicines and household products where children cannot see or reach them.
- Use child-resistant packaging. Replace the caps tightly.
- Store household products in a different place from food and medicine.
- Keep purses and briefcases out of children’s reach.
Prevent Poisoning from Medicines:
- Read the label before taking or giving medicine.
- Use medicine only as directed by your doctor or the label.
- Call medicine by its proper name, not "candy".
- Take medicine in a place where children cannot watch, because children learn by imitating adults.
Prevent Poisoning from Products and Plants:
- Use household products according to label directions. Mixing household products can cause dangerous gases to form.
- Keep house plants out of children’s reach. Even if the plants are not poisonous, they might cause choking.
Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:
- Keep appliances, furnaces, fireplaces, and wood-burning stoves in good repair.
- Install a carbon monoxide alarm.
General Poison Prevention Tips:
- When answering the phone or the door, take open products (or your children!) with you.
- Put the poison center number on or near your phone.
- Be sure that every home where your child spends time is poison-proofed.