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.
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:
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