National Poison Prevention Week 2017

March 19-25, 2017

As any parent knows, toddlers get into everything!

Unfortunately, their desire to explore also extends to products that can be harmful. In 2015, more than 84,000 children were seen in the ER due to unintended pediatric poisoning. More than 80% of these incidents occurred in the home and most often with these five products: aspirin, blood pressure medications, laundry packets, antidepressants and ibuprofen.

When young children reach for the red candy aspirin in mom’s purse,  the orange juice orange-scented cleaner on the kitchen counter or the soft and colorful teething ring liquid-laundry packet near the clothes basket, too frequently they gain access to harmful medicines and household chemicals.

Children can mistake hazardous medicines and chemicals for more common products due to sweet scents, colorful packaging and familiar container shapes. To prevent unintentional poison exposures, remember: ON TIGHT and Out of Sight.

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Watch this video tour of other hidden poison dangers in the home.

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