March 23: Poison Prevention Week with Rose Melendez
Did you know that about 700,000 drug-related poisonings occur every year? Fortunately, poisoning is preventable and treatable, of which we are reminded during National Poison Prevention Week from March 20 to 26.
Young people are the most likely to be poisoned—they account for half of all poison exposures. So, it is important to keep potentially poisonous materials properly secured and out of reach of little hands. The top five causes of poisoning include many household items like cosmetics, pain killers, cleaning products, sedatives and other antipsychotic medications, and foreign objects like toys.
Follow these simple tips to help prevent poisoning:
- Keep medicines in their original containers, properly labeled and stored high up, away from kids.
- Have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home.
- Store all chemicals, household cleaners and art supplies in their original containers.
- Keep chemicals and household cleaners stored high up and locked, away from kids.
- Wash hands and counters prior to cooking.
Most importantly, know the toll-free Poison Help line: 1-800-222-1222, and call immediately if you suspect someone has been poisoned. Let’s all do our part to keep ourselves and our kids safe poisoning!
The Washington Adventist Hospital Emergency Department, Shady Grove Medical Center Emergency Department, and Adventist HealthCare Germantown Emergency Center, are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet the emergency needs of our community.