Protect Your Family From Accidental Poisoning
Every year more than two million poisonings are reported nationwide, and more than 90 percent of these poisonings happen in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings happen in children.
With so many of these incidents happening at home, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers these tips during National Poison Prevention Week (March 17-23) to protect your family every week of the year:
- If you or someone you know may have been poisoned, call the toll-free Poison Help line right away at 1-800-222-1222, and you’ll be connected to your local poison center. If the person is not breathing, call 911.
- If the person has poison on their skin, remove any clothing the poison may have touched and wash their skin with running water for 15 to 20 minutes. If poison is in the eyes, rinse their eyes with running water for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Keep household products and medicines in their original containers with appropriate labeling. Many household items should be stored in a place out of reach to children.
- Some art or school supplies contain chemicals that can be harmful to you or your children. Make sure to carefully read the directions and warnings to ensure proper use.
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