Poison prevention week was
March 21-27, 2004. Even though it has already passed
hurts to learn what you can do to protect your children. Poison prevention education for children can be a
it’s important to remember that children
can’t protect themselves from poison – or
tell the difference between poisonous and non-poisonous
substances. It’s up to you to provide a safe
environment at home! Here are some easy things
you can do to prevent poisoning at home:
- Use child-resistant packages. Put the tops on
- Use cabinet locks.
- Identify the most dangerous
products (see below). Keep them in their original
packaging. Lock them away where children can’t
see or reach them.
- Don’t let children
watch adults taking medicine.
- Call medicines
by their proper names. Do not refer to them as
Lock them up!
drain opener, oven cleaner, automatic
dishwasher detergent, furniture polish
toilet bowl cleaner, mouthwash, prescription
medicines, cough medicines, pain relievers, vitamins
windshield washer fluid, antifreeze, paint
thinner, gasoline, pesticides
Yard: garden chemicals, stay away from: wild mushrooms,
berries, snakes, spiders
In the event of a poisoning emergency, call the
Poison Control Center at 1 -800-222-1222.
Learn more about
poison prevention online.
Poison Safety Information: