Velocity Care shares the importance of National Poison Prevention Week
Every parent understands the struggle to keep harmful objects out of children’s reach. One minute they’re playing with their toys in the living room and the next, they’re in the kitchen pulling everything out from under the sink. Children learn through touch and taste, so it’s important to be aware of the dangers that can be found right at home.
March 20 through 26 is National Poison Prevention Week. It wasestablished in 1961 as a way to highlight the dangers of accidental poisoning and how to prevent it at home. Most non-fatal poisonings occur in children under the age of six, and 90 percent of these poisonings happen right at home.
Celebrate National Poison Prevention Week by following these four easy safety techniques to help keep harmful toxins away from your children:
- Poison-proof your home one room at a time.
Start with one room and work from the ground up. Install safety latches on all drawers and cabinets that house cleaning products, medicines and harmful chemicals. Simply moving products higher up and out of reach is also a great way to avoid any accidents.
- Use child-resistant product storage.
One of the easiest ways to prevent poisoning is by buying child-resistant packaging whenever possible. However, you should always keep cleaning products in their original containers. Most laundry and cleaning products have valuable first-aid information on the labels in case of accidental ingestion.
- Practice medicine safety.
Medication usually has child-resistant packaging, but that doesn’t mean it’s 100 percent childproof. As a precautionary measure, never leave medications out on the counter or in your purse where kids can find them. Also, try to avoid taking medications in front of your children and never tell them it’s candy when trying to administer medicine.
Clean out your medicine cabinet periodically, making sure to dispose of expired medications properly.
- Educate your children.
Teach your children which products are dangerous and that only adults should handle them. Make sure they understand that cleaning products are for cleaning only and that they should keep toxic products away from their faces and avoid breathing the fumes. Also, explain what medicine is and why you must be the one to give it to them.
Always read the labels on medication and cleaning products before use and never leave a child unattended where there could be hazardous chemicals. Velocity Care urges you to get involved in National Poison Prevention Week by raising awareness in your community about ways to prevent accidental poisonings.
If you think your child or anyone you know has been exposed to harmful toxins, call the toll-free poison help number, 1-800-222-1222, or find a Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center near you. Our emergency medicine physicians can take care of you and your loved ones with little to no wait.
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