Thursday, March 20, 2014

More tips on Poison Control Awareness Week

Safety tips at home:
  • More than 90 percent of poisonings happen in people's homes, mainly in the kitchen or bathroom.
  • Keep all medicines, household cleaners and garden chemicals up high where children can't see or reach them.
  • Never store household cleaning products in containers looking like cups or bottles
  • Never mix household cleaning products together. Mixing them can cause poisonous gas
  • Swallowing a button battery can be deadly for a child. Call right away if a battery is missing from an electronic.
Spotlight on Prescription painkillers:

  • The FDA is calling prescription drug abuse an "Epidemic". Prescription painkillers are responsible for a lot of addiction and abuse
  • Get rid of prescription painkillers when you are finished with them. (you can take them to your local fire department or police station-no questions asked)
  • If you are currently using presciption painkillers, lock them up so you are the only one that can use them.
  • Prescription painkiller abuse does not draw boundaries, This epidemic hits the young, old, women and men and all income levels.
General Tips:

  • Buy products in child-resistant packaging whenever possible. But remember, child-resistant is not childproof. They are designed to keep children away from the product for a short time period.
  • Tell children what medicine is and why you are giving it to them.
  • Never leave medicine out on a kitchen counter or at a sick child's bedside
  • Always turn the light on when giving or taking medicine. Check the dosage every time.
  • Clean out medicine cabinets periodically
  • Use the measuring device that the medicine came with, not a kitchen spoon for instance
  • Never share or sell your prescription medication
  • Keep medicines in there original bottles or containers wherever possible. If you transfer medication to a different container, put in a high place where children can not see or reach the medication
  • Laundry products labels contain first aid information and are valuable resource for consumers
  • Teach children that laundry and cleaning solutions are not toys.
  • Store food in a separate area than cleaning products and chemicals
  • While working with chemicals wear protective clothing, goggles, gloves, etc
  • Keep Magnetic toys and other magnetics items away from small children.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. One in every area of the home
  • If calling poison control have the bottle handy to read all information for Poison Control

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