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More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to poison control centers across the country. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old. Poisonings are also one of the leading causes of death among adults.

National Poison Prevention Week, the third week in March each year, is a week nationally designated to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. However, every day people can and do prevent poisonings. We invite you to review the information from the resources listed below and become actively involved in helping ensure the safety of children and adults in your home and your community.

Poison EMERGENCY
If you or someone you know may have been poisoned, call the toll-free Poison Help line (http://www.poisonhelp.hrsa.gov/what-can-you-do/raise-awareness-about-the-poison-help-line/index.html) right away at 1-800-222-1222, which connects you to your local poison center. If the person is not breathing, call 911. Do not wait for signs of a poisoning before calling the Poison Help line. When you call, you will speak with a poison expert at your poison center. Use this emergency checklist (http://www.poisonhelp.hrsa.gov/what-can-you-do/emergency-checklist/index.html) to guide you on what information to tell the poison expert on the phone.

For 50+ ways to prevent poisonings:  http://www.poisonprevention.org/50plusWaysToPreventPoisonings.pdf

For more resources on poison prevention/safety/education, visit the following websites:
http://www.poisonprevention.org
http://www.PoisonHelp.hrsa.gov

Photo: Poison Prevention Week Council Facebook Cover Photo

Blood donors are heroes! Donating blood can save a life. No chemical, drug or fluid can replace human blood in an emergency. Blood cannot be manufactured. Give the gift of blood.
Blood has a limited shelf life so new donations of all blood types are always needed. Donated blood is separated into three components-red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Every day about 38,000 units of red blood cells are given to Americans. Unfortunately, the demand for blood exceeds the donation of blood.
Give something you can spare. Call the American Red Cross at 1- 800-733-2767 press 2 or go to redcross.org to find out where and when you can donate. By donating blood, you can save a life!

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How to stay warm and keep your family safe this winter!

*Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and the elderly are most at risk, but anyone can be affected. *

Dress warm for cold weather. Wear a hat, gloves, and a warm coat. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. Make sure students are dressed properly before leaving for school. Wear layers of loose fitting, warm clothing.

Many homes will be too cold this winter, due to a power failure or inadequate heating systems. Use caution with space heaters and fireplaces. Never leave children unattended near a space heater. Do not place a space heater within 3 feet of anything that may catch on fire such as drapes, furniture, or bedding. Ensure adequate ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater. Never bring outdoor heating devices into the home, such as propane/charcoal grills and propane cookers, as these items produce deadly carbon monoxide. Purchase a carbon monoxide detector if you use gas to heat your home.

Move family pets indoors, or to an enclosure out of the elements.

Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip during cold weather to avoid freezing. Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).

Keep a warm blanket in your car while driving in case of an accident, or problems with your vehicle. Make sure you have a scraper to keep your windows clear of snow and ice.

When shoveling snow, use a small shovel- shovel many small loads instead of heavier ones. Take a break every 15min. If you experience warning signs of a heart attack, such as lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath, tightness in chest, arms, neck, or back. Call 911 immediately.

At times life can present many hardships and difficult situations for students, families and our staff at WCS. Sometimes we can "handle" them and sometimes these problems can have lasting effects on school or work performance, personal relationships and physical health. Without the proper assistance, these problems can become worse and lead to failing grades, absenteeism, poor work performance and strained interpersonal relationships.

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