Keeping Them Safe – National Poison Prevention Week

As National Poison Prevention Week (March 18-24) approaches, Safe Kids Tucson reminds us to make sure we store hazardous materials – such as medication – out of children’s reach. Each year, unintentional poisoning is the cause of death for approximately 100 children ages 14 years and under. Poison control centers in the United States receive 1.2 million calls as a result of accidental poisoning of children ages 5 and under. Nearly 90 percent of these exposures occur in the home, and 56 percent involve non-pharmaceutical products such as cosmetics, cleansers, personal care products, plants, pesticides, art supplies, alcohol and toys.

If a child is choking, having trouble breathing or having a seizure, call 911 instead. Follow the 911 operator’s instructions. Do not induce vomiting or give the child any fluid or medication unless directed.

Safe Kids Tucson offers these additional tips:

  • Keep it up and away and stored in a locked location
  • Always store medicines and vitamins up and away in a locked location, and out of sight of children.
  • Never give adult medications to children.
  • Never call medication candy or tell children it tastes like candy.
  • Always use the dosing device packaged with the medications.
  • Never use a household utensil, such as a teaspoon or tablespoon, to measure medication.
  • Remind babysitters, house guests, and visitors to keep purses and bags that contain medicine up and away when they visit your home.

Check out this earlier post on medicine cabinet safety.