March is Poison Prevention Month
By Katherine Miller
CROWLEY – The Poison Prevention Control Center, stresses the importance of the hundreds of preventable poisonings that occur each year, in conjunction with the month of March as Poison Prevention Month.
It is estimated that over 90 percent of all poisonings occur in the home by ordinary everyday products, while 75 percent of these incidences happen to children between the ages of six months to five years of age.
Becky Freed of The Medicine Shoppe pharmacy, offered a few helpful tips on keeping your family safe from harm.
“Always keep medications locked and out of children’s reach,” Freed explained. “Particularly products that contain iron, as it is especially harmful to them.”
“Never call medication candy, as they may be inclined to take more than the prescribed dosage,” she added.
Freed also recommended child proofing all cabinets containing cleaning products, as well as watching children carefully around plants that may be poisonous.
“Always keep the poison control number posted in your home next to every phone. We hand out stickers with prescriptions that we disperse to emphasize the importance of being cautious at all times,” Freed explained.
Other helpful tips recommended by the Poison Control Center are: Do not take medication in front of your child, as they often imitate adults; Never let children play with medication bottles; Always read labels when taking or giving medications and never transfer medications or household products from their original containers.
In the event that you or someone you know is accidentally poisoned, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222, which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Do not call 911 or go to the emergency room, as the Poison Control Center would be contacted in that case also. If you do require hands on care, the poison center will call an ambulance for you, give treatment advice to the ambulance crew and will call the emergency room so they are ready for your arrival.
For more information, or to request poison control magnets or telephone stickers for your home, you may call the hotline number listed above.